EU climate policy should not tighten its climate objectives unilaterally after Paris agreement. EU should focus on achieving level playing field.
Sectors affected by carbon leakage should be allocated full amounts of free emission allowances. Furthermore, a comprehensive EU-level compensation system for the indirect cost effects of emissions trading must be established to bind all Member States until uniform climate objectives of equal cost impact have been implemented for industrial actors all over the world.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions must be the EU’s only binding target. Emissions trading already promotes renewable energy. National measures and decisions can increase renewable in a manner that takes account of the special characteristics of different Member States.
This is why the EU should not impose a binding and comprehensive Union-wide renewable energy target. Choices regarding the sources of energy must remain national within the EU. The EU must observe long-term policies in sectors, which are not subject to emissions trading, and these must be consistent with established 2020 policy decisions.
Wood supply is finite, so its availability and primary use for manufacturing purposes must be safeguarded. Subsidy and promotion measures for bioenergy production must not be allowed to distort the wood market by giving energy producers an unfair competitive advantage when procuring wood grades, which could be used as raw material in wood processing.
EU policies and legislation must continue to be based on the carbon neutrality of wood in energy production, so that renewable wood can retain its position of advantage over fossil fuels and non-renewable raw materials.