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New report - European Fat Cats: EU Energy Intensive Industries: paid to pollute, not to decarbonise

This report shows that energy intensive industry sectors have been among the slowest in the European Union (EU) to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and invest in solutions to decarbonise and maintain technological leadership.

Instead, these sectors have been putting a break on more ambitious climate policy, benefitting from watered down regulation, soft tax deals and preferential pricing. Their efforts to preserve unrivalled privileges have pushed the cost of dealing with climate change onto the rest of society.

Within the EU's Emmissions Trading System (ETS) alone, EU governments missed out on more than €143 billion in revenue from handing out pollution permits for free between 2008 and 2015.

In European countries, the energy intensive industry receives extremely generous tax breaks. In Germany, households pay nearly twice as much for their electricity as energy intensive industry sectors. Their total financial gains from tax schemes amount to over €17 billion in 2016, roughly the same as the 2017 German federal budget for research and education.

Between 2014 and 2016, European governments provided nearly €15 billion in financial support that encourages continuous use of fossil fuels in industry and business each year.

Read the Executive summary pdf here (124 KB).

Read the full report pdf here (524 KB).

Latest Publications

  • New report - European Fat Cats: EU Energy Intensive Industries: paid to pollute, not to decarbonise

    This report shows that energy intensive industry sectors have been among the slowest in the European Union (EU) to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and invest in solutions to decarbonise and maintain technological leadership.
  • Letter to President Juncker on the EU’s future finances

    The co-signatories of this letter represent a broad group of business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations who are working together to bring strong support to the EU’s commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement objectives.    They have written to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to urge him to ensure that the EU’s future finances are aligned with Europe’s climate objectives and are consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals across all programmes.   Open Letter to President Juncker on the Multi Annual Financial Framework
  • CAN Europe letter ahead of the Informal Environment Council on 10-11 April

    Brussels 29.3.2018 Dear Minister for Environment, At the upcoming Informal Environment Council on 10-11 April in Sofia you have been invited to discuss the European Union’s contribution towards the international climate negotiations and in particular towards the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue.
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