Sunday, 27 Feb 2011
EUROFER raised its concerns on the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Directive, the discussions about a unilateral move by the EU beyond its 20% climate target by 2020 and certain aspects of the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 to 2020 which the Commission intents to adopt beginning of March 2011.
Mr Oettinger stated that he was against moving the EU climate target unconditionally beyond 20% by 2020. He agreed that the international competitiveness of the European industry is at stake.
EUROFER informed the commissioner that the Energy Efficiency Plan or other EU initiatives must not lead to any further legislation for energy intensive industries on top of the EU ETS. There should be no mandatory Eco audit, energy management or eco design requirements on ETS installations as is currently discussed in the Commission.
The costs of energy for large energy consumers and the ETS are sufficient to provide the highest level of energy efficiency. For voluntary agreements, the Energy Taxation Directive should keep the possibility for reduced taxes. This exemption should not be removed in the revised directive, also due to be presented by the Commission in March 2011.