IFIEC Europe represents the interests of industrial energy users in Europe for whom energy is a significant component of production costs and a key factor of competitiveness in their activities in both Europe and throughout the world.

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Climate & Efficiency

IFIEC Europe-press release on US elections and consequences for climate policy:

US elections requests EU policy to even more support EU industries’ technological solutions for combatting climate change

Brussels, 9 November 2016 – After the outcome of the US presidential elections it appears unlikely that the combat against global warming is going to happen on a global scale. In the perspective of the current COP22 negotiations in Marrakesh, IFIEC Europe representing industrial energy consumers in the EU sees two important consequences:

  • The first is that the combat against global warming will be an impossible battle if only few participate, which will ultimately be a disadvantage to us all.
  • The second is that EU industry would have to carry costly climate policy burdens further in isolation and on an un-level playing field. This means a long lasting threat to the EU competitiveness.

For EU climate policy this is a very important message that has to be taken into account in any further decisions. The EU must focus its policy against global warming on its most powerful levers, which are EU industry’s highly energy and carbon efficient solutions to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Fostering EU industry’s innovation potential will help limiting carbon emissions and global warming worldwide. A technology and investment friendly climate in the EU is needed to realise this and bring these positive EU contributions to the world.

This is more than ever necessary in the up-coming decisions on the design of EU ETS and on further target setting in emissions and efficiency endeavours. “Our plea to EU policy makers on this important day is to make climate policy cost-efficient for industry and to ensure competitiveness for globally competing industries,” says Annette Loske, President of IFIEC Europe.