The Commission established recently the High Level Expert Group on Energy Intensive Industries, composed of representatives from European institutions, industry and civil society governments. The Group, originally only for Steel, was extended to all energy intensive industries and will meet at least twice a year. The first meeting took place on 27 May on the topic of post-2020 Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The event was chaired by Industry Commissioner Bienkowska and gave the possibility to exchange views with DG CLIMA Director General Delbeke and representatives of many member states.
In parallel to this initiative, a group of energy intensive industries (including Cerame-Unie) met with the Climate and Energy Commissioner Cañete to discuss their views on post-2020 climate policy. Following the meeting, these 11 industry sectors submitted a common response to questions regarding the future of the ETS, free allocation principles and carbon leakage. The policy recommendations of the Alliance of energy intensive industries on these topics are described in a joint position paper which is in line with Cerame-Unie’s position.