Vol 8 July 2013
Life In Fertilizers Europe
Welcome to our New Board
New Board 2013 - 2015
25th Anniversary and Annual Meeting in Vilnius
Fertilizers Forum Report
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by Jacob Hansen Director General
The celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Fertilizers Europe in Vilnius was a great success! Wonderful atmosphere - and a great band! Thank you very much to all the guests and members who joined us, making sure that we could celebrate this event in style. The event in Vilnius was not just a celebration. We also held our Annual Meeting, and we elected a new Board, a new President and two new Vice-Presidents (see later in this issue). The secretariat is looking forward to receiving the input and guidance from our new Board over the next two years.
Visibility of Fertilizers Europe in Brussels and communication with the stakeholders around us will be high on the agenda in the autumn.” Jacob Hansen Director General, Fertilizers Europe
One immediate issue is the opening in July of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the US. There has been a lot of talk about this in the media. Especially about the French demand for a cultural exception and lately about the US spying on European citizens via the internet. We have written to the EU Commission with a much more important concern, namely the game changing effect of US shale gas. Fertilizers Europe is not against a free trade agreement, but we demand that the effects of shale gas are taken into account when the conditions of the agreements are negotiated. High on the agenda for the autumn will be to continue to improve the visibility of Fertilizers Europe in Brussels and our communication to the outside world. The spring ended on a “high” due to our success at the EU Commission “Greenweek” and with our own “Fertilizer Forum” in the European Parliament. In November, we will arrange another “Fertilizers Forum”, a workshop on decadmiation and an anniversary event in Brussels for our EU contacts. As part of this, we have created a new look for our corporate website. Please, take a minute and visit www.fertilizerseurope.com
Fertilizers Europe’s Annual Overview 2012 is now out ! If you did not receive a copy yet, don’t hesitate to contact us!
By Carmen Turcu (email@example.com) The EU adopted a reformed Generalized System of Preference (GSP) law on 31 October 2012 (Regulation No 978/2012). In order to allow ample time for economic operators to adapt to the new scheme, the new preferences will apply as of 1 January 2014. The EU’s GSP allows developing country exporters to pay lower duties on their exports to the EU. This gives them vital access to EU markets and contributes to their economic growth. The new GSP also introduces balanced improvements to the conditions for withdrawal from the whole GSP scheme – notably in making explicit that unfair trading practices include those affecting the supply on raw materials. List of beneficiaries and exiting countries as of 1 January 2014 Ukraine regained GSP tariff preference. Many countries are benefiting from special reductions or removal of EU import duties eg. North African countries. The list of beneficiaries and countries exiting the preference system is extensive - please refer to the Annexes of the Regulation.
What role for EU Institutions under new GSP? The new institutional framework of the Treaty of Lisbon, with the enhanced role of the European Parliament in trade policy, is reflected in the new GSP. This is a dynamic tool, allowing countries to potentially come in and out of the beneficiary lists. This implies that the different thresholds foreseen in the regulation which are linked to the beneficiary pool (graduation, vulnerability), as well as the different lists of beneficiaries, will have to be amended swiftly. In particular the text of the new GSP foresees that all these elements, which have been included in different annexes, can be amended by the Commission via delegated acts and not via the ordinary legislative procedure which would take much longer. •
GSP Safeguard written in GSP Regulation: rather like a trade defence instrument with similar “injury” factors, ie loss market share, lost profits But the reduction of the EU duty must be the cause of the “injury”, not other factors such as dumping;
You can find more information on the Members Lounge in the Trade & Economic Notepad - Trade Tariffs.
By Laetitia Six (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On 23 and 24 May, the annual International Fertiliser Society (IFS) Spring Conference took place in Windsor, London. During two days, speakers covered key topics and new developments in agronomy, technology, production, safety and future trends. Eileen Pullinger (AIC) presented developments in fertilizer security. The message given is very clear: we have to take actions to limit the misuse of fertilizers by terrorist. One step in the right direction is creating awareness among the general public, especially farmers. Fertilizers Europe is also taking actions in this direction with our Product Stewardship and publication of guidances, eg the Guidance for safe and secure storage of fertilizers on farm. Prof. Erik Smolders (KU Leuven) explained to the participants everything there is to know about cadmium in European agricultural soils (see Life 7 for a full article on his work). Fertilizers Europe is organizing a Decadmiation Workshop on 3 October (see more info later in this issue), the cadmium issue will be discussed in depth and prof. Erik Smolders will come and present the results of his study.
Other interesting topics discussed were: the potential of phosphate recycling within a P fertilizer plant (by Kees Langeveld, ICL), studies on precision farming and fertilizer spreading tools (by Mogens Nielsen, Yara), gas detection using lasers (by Adam Hamish, Boreal Laser Inc.), a comparative study on the environmental impact of three N fertilizers (by Thierry Genter, GPN), and many more. All presentations will be published. More information can be found on www.fertiliser-society.org. From left to right: Eileen Pullinger (AIC), Antoine Hoxha (Fertilizers Europe) and Kees Langeveld (ICL)
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2013 - 2015 Director General
President and Vice-Presidents
Egil Hogna YARA President
Marek Kaplucha Grupa Azoty Vice-President
Jacob Hansen Director General Fertilizers Europe
Javier Goñi del Cacho Fertiberia Vice-President
Trade & Economic Committee
Ted Misiunas Achema Chairman
Ken Hayes GrowHow UK Vice-Chairman
István Blazsek Nitrogénmüvek Chairman
Radomir Vek Lovochemie Vice-Chairman
Jean-Paul Beens YARA Vice-Chairman
Gerald Papst Borealis Chairman
Valery Rogalskiy EuroChem Vice-Chairman
Mihai Anitei Azomures Chairman
Andrzej Skolmowski Grupa Azoty Vice-Chairman
Renso Zwiers OCI Nitrogen Chairman
Krzysztof Wasielewski Anwil
Josip Jagust Petrokemija
Kees Langeveld ICL
Dietrich Pradt IVA Observer
Gilles Poidevin UNIFA Observer
BOARD DGGeneral Director Jacob Hansen
Mark Cryans, Head of Communications Charlotte Prestini, Communications & Web Officer
Jenny Wahlman, Office manager Patricia Everaert, Senior Secretary
AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE Christian Pallière, Agriculture Director Ermis Panagiotopoulos, Agriculture & Environment Policy Officer
TRADE & ECONOMIC COMMITEE Sean Mackle, Trade & Economic Director Carmen Turcu, Trade & Business Analyst
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TECHNICAL COMMITTEE Antoine Hoxha, Technical Director Laetitia Six, Technical Analyst
Michał Wendołowski, Wendołowski, Statistics Manager Michal Gabor Marton, Data & Statistics Analyst
Phosphate fertilizers market in EU 27 This year has been a milestone in our organization’s history, marked by an expansion of our membership and an inclusion of EU phosphate producers. It is perhaps worthwhile to have a closer look at the phosphate market in the EU. The chart below depicts the evolution of EU consumption of phosphate fertilizers. European farmers’ most preferable sources of phosphorus are: NPK (complex) fertilizers and ammonium phosphates (31% and 30% of P2O5 consumption respectively). However, our data series for EU 27, starting in 2004/05, show that NPK (complex) fertilizers have been decreasing their share in the EU phosphate market from 37-38% down to 31% (2012/13 season estimates), with the most drastic drop recorded in 2008/09 season (28%) caused mainly by global economic crisis. Long-term, one of the main reasons is of an agronomic nature: with their fixed nutrient formulas, NPK (complex) fertilizers offer less flexibility in dosing the nutrient input to fit the particular needs of the soil and of the crop. While NPKs consumption declined, we can observe a growing share of DAP/MAP and TSP fertilizers. Moreover, such a high share of NPKs is not a typical feature of the global phosphate market. There, DAP and MAP are, by far, the most popular phosphate fertilizers and represent around 60% of world phosphate consumption (source: IFA stats for 2010/11).
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By Ermis Panagiotopoulos (firstname.lastname@example.org) The Agriculture Committee meeting took place in Valencia on 29-30 May. In our efforts to be closer to our members each year one of the Agriculture committee meeting occurs outside of Brussels. This year we were kindly invited by Fertiberia in Valencia. TParticipants had the chance to visit IVIA (Valencia’s Institute of agronomic research) where they were briefed on the different areas of research. Having been informed with presentations about irrigation, fertigation, genetic modification and machinery technological innovation, the members had the opportunity to see in practice the experiments on the field by Mr. Carlos Ramos.
The whole group in front of the institute.
Later on, the Agriculture Committee Working Group met and discussed current and future activities and they agreed on the further actions. After a long day at the agronomic institute and the Working Group meeting, Fertiberia invited the committee members to a traditional Spanish dinner.
Mr. Carlos Ramos (on the left). explaining how the Institute works.
The next day the Agriculture Committee meeting took place in Sagunto factory where a variety of issues were covered and future actions were set. The members also had the opportunity to visit the plant where they were impressed by the facilities and its cleanliness. Pilar Garcia Serrano kindly hosted, on Fertiberia’s behalf, the 2 day event and in everyone’s opinion the event was very efficient and very well organized. We thank Pilar for her outstanding efforts.
Plant visit of Sagunto Fertiberia by Juan Arbona (Subdirector of the factory)
Fertilizers Europe created a new insignias for Communications. We will use this for all work generated by the Communications team. We also want to announce that next communicator’s web will be held soon in the autumn. The location is still to be confirmed. Focus will be made on Communication Crisis this time. If you have any requests or questions about any of our work, don’t hesitate to contact us: Mark Cryans (email@example.com) Charlotte Prestini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By Ermis Panagiotopoulos (email@example.com) One and a half years passed since the European Commission presented its final CAP 2014 proposals. The EU Council, Parliament and Commission negotiators reached, on 26th of June, a deal on most of the proposed reforms for the 20142020 CAP. After many compromises, agreements have been reached for the “greening” requirements, internal convergence (partial equalization of subsidies within countries or regions) and ending sugar production quotas in 2017. Also “coupled' aid”, mandatory extra support for new young farmers, an “active farmer” definition and a minimum Pillar Two (rural development) spending requirement on environmental measures have been agreed. Nevertheless, the external convergence (partial redistribution of direct payments between member states), the capping/taxing of the largest subsidies and the flexibility to transfer funds between CAP pillars, along with EU co-financing rates for rural development are still to be agreed. On 27th of June the European Commission announced that a final inter-institutional agreement has been reached on the EU's 2014-2020 budget framework which will pave the way for agreements on the few remaining aspects of the CAP reform. The most important and controversial feature of this CAP reform has been the “greening” of the direct aid to the farmers. After long negotiations on this issue the institutions agreed that 30% of the country’s envelope will be linked to delivery of environmental benefits by farmers.
The three basic criteria which must be respected by farmers in order to receive payment are: •
Crop diversification: Farmers with between 15-30 hectares of arable land must cultivate at least two crops, with no crop constituting more than 75% of the total. Farmers cultivating more than 30ha of arable land must grow at least three crops, with the main crop covering a maximum of 75% and the two main crops a maximum of 95%. Holdings with more than 75% of their area under grass are exempted (provided the area not covered by grassland does not exceed 30ha), as are holdings with less than 15ha sown to arable crops.
Permanent grassland: Farmers may convert no more than 5% of their permanent grassland to cropland, although they need not apply this at farm level if there is less than 5% conversion at national level.
Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs): These will have to be established on at least 5% of a farmer's arable land area by 2015, rising (subject to a legislative review) to 7% by 2017. Holdings of less than 15 hectares, excluding permanent grassland, are exempt. The list of farm management measures qualifying as an EFA item include field margins, hedges, trees, fallow land, landscape features, biotopes, buffer strips and afforested area.
With the new European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform being launched, the new Fertilizers Regulation being drafted by the European Commission and the Consultation Paper on Phosphorus becoming available, phosphorus has become the centre of attention and focus of many discussions. Together with the increased focus on phosphorus (P), came attention on cadmium (Cd). Cadmium is a heavy metal that naturally occurs in phosphate rocks, albeit at different concentrations depending on the origin of the phosphate rock. Several cadmium removal (decadmiation) technologies exist but none is used at an industrial scale for fertilizer production. We are already looking to receive Mr. Vincent Delvaux from DG Enterprise and Mr. Erik Smolders from KU Leuven as speakers. Many other interesting speakers will be joining us too.
The objectives of this decadmiation workshop are to: •
Bring together technology providers, companies active in phosphate fertilizer production or the agricultural sector, knowledge institutes and regulators (both at European and national level) Provide information on the state of the art in decadmiation technologies and give the platform to P fertilizer producers to demonstrate their developments in this area. Give an update of the current and future Cd balance in European agricultural soils
The Decadmiation workshop will be held on 3 October 2013, at the Thon hotel in Brussels. More information can be found at www.fertilizerstewarship.com If you want to participate, please contact Laetitia Six (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Annual Meeting 2013 Fertilizers Europe’s Annual Meeting 2013 was a very special one as it coincided with the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Association. This year, it took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, co-hosted by our member Achema. The meeting saw a healthy turnout from members and National Associations alike. With a packed agenda the National Associations kicked off proceedings and several topics were openly discussed including “European coordination for nonmineral fertilizers”, “DAN initiative”, “New fertilizer regulation” and “Safety and Security in the distribution chain”. After healthy discussion between the assembled group the group were in position to present their findings to the afternoon reporting session with the Board. The reporting session of the National Associations to the Board was appreciated by both parties. The Board tasked with preparing proceedings for the following days Annual Meeting came to agreement on the budget, auditors report and board composition amongst other preparatory matters. Decisions were made on the principles for the next Product Stewardship audit as well as our position regarding the EU-USA Free Trade Agreement. Guidance was sought to clarify our position on communication around the Gothenburg protocol and the secretariat now has clear direction in this respect. The issue of “Safety and Security in the Supply Chain” following the incident and Waco was also on the agenda and the Technical Committee have now been given the necessary guidance. The Annual meeting commenced with the informal session and we had two extremely informative presentations from Government officials of our host country. The Board’s preparatory work of the previous day served well as the Formal section of the Annual Meeting was passed unanimously. There then followed a presentation from Charlotte Hebebrand the new Director General of IFA. It is with great thanks to Ted Misiunas and all at Achema for hosting us during our stay in Lithuania. All presentations can be accessed on the Members Lounge.
On Thursday night, Achema invited the Open Board and National Associations to have dinner at Belmontas Restaurant, one of the most famous restaurants in Vilnius. It was an ideal opportunity for Mr. Raatz, former President of the Association to make his goodbye, as he is leaving the fertilizer industry, and also from Mr. Jarczewski, who will leave the Fertilizers Europe’s Board. Achema was represented by Mr. Vareika (CEO), Mr. Bendaravicius, Mr. Jurgelionis and Mr. Misiunas. We would like to deeply thank them for the wonderful arrangements during the evening.
On Friday night, Fertilizers Europe organized a Gala Dinner to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, at the Town Hall of Vilnius. Special guests were also invited such as past Presidents, and other important people for our Association. It was a great pleasure to meet with them again and catch up. IFA was also represented with Charlotte Hebebrand, Director General of IFA, and Luc Maene, who reflected on 25 years of Fertilizers Europe.
Fertilizers Europe also had the oppotunity to present its new concept known as ‘Infinite Fertilizers’. You will be hearing a lot more about this in the future. If you wish more information, you can check out our latest Annual Overview or contact us.
Later on, the guests were invited to dance the night away...
Mr. Hansen made the anniversary speech celebrating Fertilizers Europe
Mr. Raatz and Mr. Hansen took the opportunity to pay respect to the Luc Maene.
Fertilizers Europe hope that all the participants enjoyed their stay in Vilnius. You can see pictures of the Gala Dinner on Fertilizers Europe Flickr account. www.flickr.com/people/fertilizerseurope/ For other information, you can contact: • Mark Cryans (email@example.com) • Charlotte Prestini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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By Mark Cryans (email@example.com) Air Quality Brochure At DG Environment, 2013 is the year of Air Quality. As part of our DAN initiative, Fertilizers Europe have created a new brochure on the matter. The brochure has already been distributed widely and is currently being translated by members. Fertilizers Europe Participation to EU GreenWeek 2013 From Tuesday 4 till Friday 7 June, the team at Fertilizers Europe was present at “GreenWeek” in Brussels. We took the possibility to profile the DAN initiative with a stand in prime position outside the main auditorium. With around 2500 delegates in attendance the event was a major success. We had numerous visits to our stand and fruitful discussions with a range of delegates. We were encouraged that of the over 40 stands at the exhibition Commissioner Potocnik chose our stand as one of the 5 stands to stop and visit. We had the chance to once again introduce him to the DAN initiative and give him the new Air Quality brochure. Closing Speech As a follow on from this visit the Commissioner also referenced us in his closing speech “Only one air” as highlighted below: “…..Green Week works best when it is a genuine forum of exchange between different groups. I was pleased to hear directly from representatives from industry. I was struck by the message that progressive EU environmental legislation is needed to stimulate cutting-edge research and innovation. To give you two examples: • The clean technology industry demanded stricter EU emission limit values for vehicles, as well as retrofitting requirements,
Mark Cryans and Commissioner Potocnik at Fertilizers Europe stand during Greenweek
improved emission test cycles, and promotion of SULEVs (Super Low Emission Vehicles). It also stressed that the EU should not stop at Euro 6. We need to keep pace with the latest developments elsewhere, and particularly in the US. • And the fertiliser industry has called for more incentives to promote low ammonia-emitting fertilisers and higher nutrient use efficiency for agriculture.” The DAN initiative is being very well received by EU officials and there is a certain desire to work with us.
Moreover, Christian Pallière also took part in one of the main sessions which resulted in lively and informed debate as well as media attention. This allowed us great visibility and reached a large section of stakeholders. Greenweek was also a success on social media as Commissionner Potocnik retweeted us, encouraging participants to come and visit our stand. We also had online interaction with DG Environment and others.
Via Twitter, Commissioner Potocnik encouraged his 14,500 followers to visit our stand.
This year’s AN-NA (Ammonium Nitraite, Nitric Acid Producers Group) Conference will be held at the Melia Villaitana Hotel in Benidorm, Spain, from 22nd to 26th of September. The Conference will include roundtable discussions and presentations focused on vital safety, process, and environmental issues for nitric acid and ammonium nitrate facilities. You can check out the preliminary agenda on www.an-na.org. Our member Fertiberia is hosting the event this year. Go to their website to register to the conference and for more information.
Relaunch The brand new Fertilizers Europe Corporate Website is now up and running! We decided to give a brand new design, easy to use and easily accessible across all platforms.
By Charlotte Prestini (firstname.lastname@example.org) You can now discover our new vibrant homepage. The most important information are contained in the circles. By scrolling down you will see our key messages, committees and our members. The website has responsive design technology which makes it easily accessible on all platforms such as tablets and smartphones. Direct access has also been created to our other websites such as DAN fertilizers, Product Stewardship and the Members Lounge. The information on this website is now more accessible. All information on the Association (Board, staff...), and our members is also displayed. Another main change is the Publications page. It is now visually friendly and very well ordered so you can find your way to all our publications. Finally, you will, of course find all the information on our Committees in a more simplified fashion. The General Public will be able to find all the current issues each committee is working on. The content is lighter and easier to find. Some other pages have been redesigned but we leave it to you to discover, we don’t want to spoil too much of the surprise! If you have any comments on your new website, don’t hesitate to contact us : • •
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“The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership” By Sean Mackle (email@example.com)
The European Fertilizer industry recognizes the importance and potential economic benefit arising from ‘The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)’. However, given the impact of this agreement, special care and attention should be given to the negotiations and the future Treaty obligations. Following President Obama’s Inauguration Address to Congress early 2013, the EU and USA are clearly on a high level agreed course to start up negotiations on a Trans-Atlantic Partnership. The European Commission has started seeking a negotiation mandate from the European Council. The European Commission is seeking early contributions from European sectors as to their key offensive and defensive interests. Fertilizers Europe fully supports this consultation and made an early contribution on tariff reductions. With regards to the process and procedure, the Association will supply timely timetables and advice on the appropriate interventions to be made in open and confidential consultations. By September 2013 the Commission is expected to commence formal working consultations with the European industry. The key issues are: 1) Market Access: Fertilizers Europe’s position is to request “back-loading” of tariff schedule for UAN due to the recent history of dumping and the expansion of UAN capacity on the East Coast of the USA.
Furthermore, owing to the considerable expansion of urea capacity in the USA, we will also be investigating with the European Commission the possibility of “backloading of the tariff on urea”. The Trade & Economic Committee commenced its first evaluation of the tariff status for all phosphate fertilizers on 14th June 2013. This will be conveyed to the Commission as soon as possible and if considered necessary will form a chapter of the overall tariff schedule paper to the European Commission. 2) Energy Relations: Fertilizers Europe shall support the EU effort to form an energy rules chapter in the TTIP with the primary aim of freeing up USA LNG gas supply to the EU. 3) Regulatory Co-Operation: Fertilizers Europe agrees that the regulatory co-operation areas are worthy of consideration but they can be managed by the established CEFIC channels. There is an established understanding between the Association and TFI that the existing regulations, their adaptions and their management and enforcement are “home” issues and that any interventions should be conducted through the established formal channels. All third country inputs into these channels should be treated equally to be judged by the local administration or authority. This means that we will be working on the new EU Fertilizer Regulation based on the interests of the EU fertilizer industry. 4) Climate change commitments: Fertilizers Europe will work for equivalent climate change commitments and costs for the EU and the USA. This may be in the form of a “TransAtlantic Carbon Market” or the same command and control of carbon emissions. The imperative is that there must be equivalence.
By Antoine Hoxha (firstname.lastname@example.org) Antoine Hoxha participated to a Roundtable organised by Assofertilizzanti at the end of its General Assembly, on 17 may 2013. The theme of the roundtable discussion, bringing together academics, industry and national regulators was sustainability and responsability in the fertilizer sector. It was an occasion to explain what is Product Stewardship, how important it is for Fertilizers Europe and how it is implemented in our member companies. He also stressed the ability of the European industry of fertilizers to meet the need of sustainability. It was the opportunity to strengthen the links between the associations and meet the new director of Assofertilzzanti, Mr. Lorenzo Faregna and Mr. Francesco Caterini, President of Assofertilizzanti-Federchimica.
On the left, Antoine Hoxha during the roundtable
By Laetitia Six (email@example.com) From 24 to 26 of April, safety experts met in Warsaw, Poland, for the 16th Safety Seminar. This year event was hosted by ZakĹ‚ady Azotowe PuĹ‚awy (Grupa Azoty), with almost50 participants from across Europe. New members (ELFE from Greece and Petrokemija from Croatia) also actively participated to this yearly event. A special interest was given this year to safety and environment issues related to the production of ammonia and ammonium nitrate related fertilizers. Safety seminar highlights Several member companies presented their efforts to comply with European legislation. Zlatko Babic and Hrvoje Lisac, from Petrokemija presented how their company is continuously reducing N2O and NOx emissions from their nitric acid plants. Adeline Leblanc from GPN presented a statistical process control tool that enables the fine-tuning of adjustments in the production process in order to manufacture fertilizers that fulfil the parameters set in the Fertilizer Regulation 2003/2003. Ewa Wolff, from Grupa Azoty, described how an old nitric acid plant (constructed in the 1950s) was closed because of its negative environmental impact. Risk assessment as a way to be better prepared in case of an incident happening is part of a good attitude towards safety. Mihaela Galatanu from Azomures, presented the emergency scenarios that would apply when interventions at an ammonia plant are needed. Kish Shah made a presentation on ammonium nitrate safety. He focused on the safety measures to be taken to prevent or reduce the risk of fire, decomposition and explosion of ammonium nitrate. All participants were reminded of the Fertilizers Europe guidelines on ammonium nitrate storage, transport and handling. Laurent Ruhlmann (Yara) concentrated on training as a key to ensure excellence in operations and to reduce the risk for accidents. Christian Pfarl (Borealis group) stressed that behaviour-based safety is of utmost importance in fertilizer production plants.
Pawel Jarczewski making a presentation to the audience
SAFETY FIRST ! On the second day of the Safety Seminar, participants were invited to the PuĹ‚awy fertilizer site for a plant visit. On the final day, Theodora Kouloura, Hellenic Fertilizers and Chemical, ELFE, presented the structure of the company, followed by a detailed description of a hazard analysis study. Two presentations concentrated on the important topic of transport of nitric acid. Fertiberia and Yara reported incidents involving the transport of nitric acid. The step-bystep analysis of the accidents was laid out and together with the participants necessary precautions regarding nitric acid transport were emphasized. In all incidents, the presence of incompatible substances in the pipelines or valves was responsible for gas production and/or explosion. It was concluded that one needs to avoid contamination with incompatible materials such as oxidizing agents, alkaline or strongly acidic materials, which could be present from previous loadings. Also, it was advised not to employ tanks or boats. EuroChem Antwerp presented an incident with a front-end loader in a NPK warehouse. The product was caked together in some places, and a worker was using a pin to break up the product. An avalanche of product covered the payloader, the windshield was scattered and the worker was covered with product up to his chest, making it impossible for him to warn the control room. Luckily the worker was found after 15 minutes and freed. Additional suggestions from the attendees to avoid this type of accidents were: install cameras in the warehouse, perform this work with two, etc. Several speakers from different organizations raised similar concerns regarding human behaviour. Training and awarenesscreation were seen as the key tools to reduce the risk of incidents due to a human factor. Next to discussions on relevant and interesting safety topics, this three day event fostered productive networking and enriched participants with important lessons learned, emphasizing to put Safety First!
Group Photo at Pulawy site during the plant visit
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By Carmen Turcu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The first “Forum on Fertilizers and Nutrients for Growth” was held on May 8, 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels. More than 40 participants including Members of the European Parliament, Commission officials, national experts, farmers associations, academia and industry attended the inaugural event. The forum was chaired by German MEP Britta Reimers with UK MEP Julie Girling as vice-chair. Both serve on the Parliament’s agriculture and environment committees.
provided background to the policy review. Existing legislation is sufficient to meet emissions targets up to 2020, but new targets will be needed beyond this date. The review currently at impact assessment stage and Commission expects to present its proposals in the autumn. The forum was reminded by COPA-COGECA that new environmental legislation often places significant additional burdens on Europe’s farmers and that they need time to adjust to it. The next Fertilizer Forum will take place in autumn 2013, before becoming a regular bi-annual event. More information can be found at: www.fertilizersforum.com.
MEP Britta Reimers introduced the session by outlining the essential role that the fertilizer industry plays in meeting food needs, as well as providing jobs. She highlighted Europe’s need for access to raw materials, recycling of scarce resources and research into the best use of nutrients. MEP Julie Girling stressed the need for scientific fact-based legislation for political credibility and the unacceptability of one-size-fits-all approaches. She said that for proposals to be adopted, the public required clear messages from its politicians. Professor Mark Sutton of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, made the keynote address based on the findings of his recent UN Environmental Programme report “Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution”. Air Quality The inaugural Forum had “Air Quality” as its focal topic. This has become an increasingly important concern, with 2013 marking the launch of the EU’s Air Quality policy review and it being the theme of the annual EU Greenweek. Alan Seatter, Deputy Director General of DG Environment,
Upper image - from left to right: Alan Seatter (European Commission), MEP Britta Reimers, Professor Mark Sutton, Brian Johnson (Parliament Magazine and moderator), and MEP Julie Girling. Down: Mark Sutton presenting his new report ‘Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution’.
By Antoine Hoxha (email@example.com) During the last year, Fertilizers Europe has been collaborating with Cefic and consultant Ecofys on the 2050 Roadmap for the chemical industry. The whole report is available on cefic’s website: www.cefic.org Some of the key finding for the fertilizer industry are summarised below: 1. Natural gas will remain the basis for the European nitrogen fertilizer industry for the foreseeable future. Biobased production is not a viable solution. 2. The fertilizer industry is and will remain exposed to the risk of carbon leakage.
3. The European fertilizer plants today have the lowest footprint worldwide and most of its reduction potential is already achieved. 4. CO2 from the ammonia process is the most cost-efficient for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). In the long term future, the European fertilizer industry has the potential to come close to zero emissions, if nitrates are produced rather than urea. 5. Modern farming and best fertilizing practices have the potential to significantly reduce the emission of climate gases from agriculture. More information can be found on the Members Lounge or by contacting Antoine Hoxha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fertilizers Europe would like to warmly welcome Croatia into the EU ! and point out that we move faster than the EU having already welcomed Petrokemija as a member from 1 January 2013...
In order to improve our continuous contact with members and continually increase our knowledge of members and members needs, we have a member relation system in place. Each Secretariat team is responsible for keeping contact with the key people in member companies and for being the resource for knowing the development within the company.
Michał Wendołowski +32.2.663.31.47 email@example.com
Carmen Turcu +32.2.663.31.40 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Pallière +32.2.663.31.46 email@example.com
Laetitia Six +32.2.663.31.49 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Cryans +32.2.663.31.44 email@example.com
Associations AIC, ANFFE, ASSOFERTILIZZANTI, BELFERTIL, IVA, PIPC, UNIFA, VKP
Sean Mackle +32.2.663.31.55 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ermis Panagiotopoulos +32 2 663.31.51 email@example.com
Antoine Hoxha +32.2.663.31.48 firstname.lastname@example.org
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LIFE Life In Fertilizers Europe
• All company members
December • Work Plans • Membership Fees
• All company members plus national associations plus others
March • Operational
• Work Plans
Preparation of annual meeting • Approval of accounts • Election of Board
• Approval of budget
• as elected
The Hive of activity
• Decision on membership
• 1 representative from each company
Agenda 2013 August:
26 27 30
Technical Working Group Classification Working Group Trade & Economic Working Group
Brussels Brussels Paris
5 10 26
Technical Committee Nitrate Task Force Board Meeting
Brussels Brussels Brussels
3 10 24 25 TBC
Decadmiation Workshop Agriculture Working Group Mini Trade Seminar Trade & Economic Committee meeting Communicator’s Web
Brussels Brussels Brussels Brussels TBC
5 13 18-19 19 20
Fertilizers Forum (European Parliament) Agriculture Committee Statistics Committee Classification Working Group Technical Working Group
Brussels Brussels Madrid Brussels Brussels
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