07/15/2015, Berlin

Press statement:

Today, the European Commission submitted extensive proposals on EU emissions certificate trading, energy market structure and the further development of the European single energy market. In response, Hildegard Müller, President of the BDEW General Executive Management Board, stated:

"As far as we are concerned, many of the proposals are suitable for strengthening the single energy market and reviving the European CO2 certificate trading scheme.

With regard to the submitted proposals for reforming the emissions trading scheme, BDEW supports the plan to reduce the permitted annual quantity of CO2 emission allowances more heavily in future: instead of by 1.74 per cent, the upper limit for emissions is planned to be reduced year on year from 2021 by 2.2 per cent. This is a key stepping stone for the emissions trading scheme being able to make a real contribution to the European CO2 reduction targets. With a rigorous reform of the emissions trading scheme, the European Union will send an important signal to the 2015 climate conference in Paris. BDEW appealed to the EU at an early stage to set ambitious climate protection targets for 2030: a reduction in CO2 emissions of at least 40% from 1990’s figures and a binding development target for renewable energies of at least 27 per cent by 2030. This would be in accordance with the EU’s pioneering climate protection role. Germany has set itself some particularly ambitious climate protection targets, which we support. As far as the competitiveness of the German energy sector and industry in general is concerned, it is therefore very important for the Commission to support ambitious, binding climate targets for the entire EU.

The European Commission is also intensively and critically addressing the subject of national capacity mechanisms. As such an instrument has been established in seven EU states, the Commission is now putting rules and criteria forward for discussion which are to be used to determine an EU-wide agreed upon framework for capacity mechanisms. We explicitly agree that capacity mechanisms must be designed to comply with the requirements of the single market. However, in this regard we also expect the Commission to take sufficient account of the difficult economic situation of the companies, especially with regard to their mandate to maintain security of supply. The Commission defines central criteria for capacity mechanisms, for instance its technologically neutral design. The decentralised capacity market proposed by BDEW fulfils all of these criteria. Already last year, BDEW began a collaborative venture with French energy association UFE with the aim of achieving a harmonised approach.

The intention of the European Commission to strengthen regional collaboration between neighbouring EU states is also essentially positive. The work of the Pentalateral Energy Forum in the field of energy security of supply is one such example of this.

BDEW also supports the approach of placing the needs of the energy customers in a rapidly changing energy market more in the spotlight. Trends such as digitalisation and decentralised energy generation will bring with them new customer requirements and a new relationship between consumers and companies. The objective of finally also ensuring real competition in those EU states in which end consumer markets are still state regulated and therefore protected from competition is also appropriate. Conversely, there has been intensive competition among providers in the German electricity and gas sector for years, in which companies from other EU states are also able to compete.

In all proposed reforms, the focus should be on market-oriented approaches and the risk of "double regulation” by additional European policies should be avoided. BDEW is ready to participate in the constructive dialogue on the Commission’s proposals."

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Jan Ulland
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