Compromise on indirect costs raises red flag for aluminium industry

European Aluminium welcomes the European Parliament’s intention to improve compensation for indirect carbon costs through a hybrid model in the ETS vote, but sees danger in the decision to further reduce the maximum national compensation levels allowed.
Martin Jäger,
Martin Jäger,

The Environment Committee (ENVI) in the European Parliament has adopted a compromise text on the Emissions Trading System (ETS). European Aluminium supports the constructive approach by rapporteur MEP Ian Duncan and the creation of a hybrid model to compensate indirect carbon costs across the European Union. This new model aims to move from an unpredictable national-driven compensation system to a more harmonised one. However, the association regrets the continuous reduction of maximum national aid levels for the next phase (2021-2030).

Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium said, “While we are conscious of the complexity of this file, this compromise is like taking one step forward and one step back at the same time. Politicians are telling the most sustainable smelters in Europe: a level playing field is on the way but first we will tie the hands of your governments and damage your global competitiveness.”

“Aluminium is an enabler for decarbonisation. Demand is growing in strategic sectors such as transport, packaging and buildings. This is a significant opportunity for Europe’s industrial future. Our smelters have reduced direct CO2 emissions by 12% since 2008, introduced energy efficiency plans and invested in new pilot projects to be the best in class worldwide. We are doing our homework. That is why we would like to call all national governments to comply with October 2014 Council conclusions and ensure best performing installations won’t face undue carbon costs – both direct and indirect. Jobs, investment innovation and low carbon growth are all at stake,” concluded Mr Götz.


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