Joint Declaration on Energy and Climate Policy

Joint Declaration on Energy and Climate Policy

26/11/15

On 26 November, European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and industriAll Europe Trade Union – European Social Partners in the Chemical industry – signed a joint declaration on energy and climate policy ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The joint declaration refers to the Paris conference, ETS post-2020 reform as well as to the European energy market.

ECEG and industriAll Europe express their support towards an ambitious, durable and global legally-binding comprehensive new international agreement applicable to all countries, under the UNFCCC.

On ETS post-2020 reform, in the absence of an international level playing field, Social Partners believe that the reform alongside carbon leakage protection and investment in the modernisation of the infrastructure and innovation needs to focus on:

  1. Dynamic allocation: free allocation should be linked to actual production (instead of historical reference periods) in order to ensure a protection level that is following the economic developments, without correction factors for existing or new installations. Furthermore, it would create a more stable and attractive investment climate by facilitating long-term planning by investors and providing incentives for carbon-efficient growth.

  2. Benchmarks: there is a need for realistic benchmarks based on real installations in Europe and not on theoretical development.

  3. Carbon leakage list: the reform should aim at offering protection to exposed sectors.  Therefore, the criteria to get on the list should allow sectors to prove their eligibility on subsector level with no additional hurdles.

  4. The set-up of a Modernisation and an Innovation Fund is appreciated according to articles 10a (8) and 10d of the European Commission’s proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to enhance cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments (SWD(2015) 135 final). Efforts to support industry in the search for breakthrough technologies and assistance to Member States whose GDP is below the EU’s average, are important components for strengthening Europe’s industrial fabric.

Regarding the European energy market, the Social Partners believe that all available energy sources must be considered in the interest of further diversification of the energy mix. This includes also the exploration of shale gas in Europe under strict environmental and health and safety standards.

For the full declaration please follow here.

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