EFMA reply to the DG TREN Internet Consultation on the EU 2nd Energy Review 31 March 2008
The fertilizer industry is the largest single sectoral consumer of natural gas in the EU’s manufacturing sector.
Energy Strategy Vision: Faster Forward to 2020 (not 2050) As the largest single sectoral user of natural gas amongst the EU’s manufacturing sectors, the European nitrogen fertilizer industry applauds the EU institutions’ continued drive to establish a truly world competitive EU single energy and gas market. EU manufacturing requires greater urgency and speed from EU authorities to achieve a competitive and efficient energy market across Europe. Europe again is the world’s highest energy cost region. Actions at regional, national, EU and global levels are urgently required to correct this situation – especially when it arises from unfair energy pricing by suppliers inside or outside the EU. The vision and practice required must be aimed at a fully integrated – fully inter-connected - pan-European and intercontinental, transparent, free and fair marketplace. For natural gas in particular – and for other energy commodities, it is necessary to develop financial and physical commodity hubs that promote and encourage transparent inter-connected prices. For gas, a European super-hub could supply enormous benefits to consumers.
EFMA reply to the 2nd EU Energy Strategy: 31st March 09
Key Issues Energy security of supply
EU and bi-lateral law development
new pipeline and LNG infrastructure which provides for diversification of routes and source supply. Then interconnection and transparency across the whole Pan-European gas market is essential. All can and should receive legitimate EU or governmental financial support provided that it is within the established norms of EU competition law; OECD or WTO agreements. EFMA supports the EU budgetary expansion of the Trans European Network – Energy budget but again with the defined agreed norms of the EU, OECD and WTO.
with regard to energy including gas require better legal regulation. The including EU’s internal market acquis should be more speedily developed into bi-lateral relations with key transit (Ukraine) and key supplier countries (Russia, Algeria, Egypt). This should be a core condition of the EU’s “good neighbourhood policy” with North Africa and the former Soviet Union.
EFMA position: this must be guaranteed by big and small
Internal EU market regulatory development
EFMA position: it is imperative that the 3rd Gas Directive – and the Electricity and other market liberalization initiatives of the current Commission are completed in this Parliamentary and Commission terms, i.e. practically by spring 2009. Thereafter the EU institutions should seek to address any “unfinished business, i.e. they should move on to a 4th Gas Directive which promotes further again a transparent and efficiently integrated Pan-European gas market. Competition laws and investigations must be fully employed.
EFMA position: Trade, transit and investment relations
Global WTO rules to correct unfair pricing of energy and natural resources EFMA position: EFMA calls again for the WTO’s development of “Trade Related Rules for Energy Supply” (TRES): unfair grossly discriminatory gas pricing practices are conducted by many gas supplier countries. These countries’ artificially low state fixing of gas prices or dual gas pricing policies should be made correctable under WTO laws. The EU fertilizer market continues to be targeted be competitors benefitting from such unfair gas pricing policies. Currently the EU corrects the injurious impact by use of trade defense actions. However, the WTO should simply “outlaw” and prohibit such damaging actions.
Energy and feedstock efficiency
EFMA position: the drive for energy efficiency is good
business and environmental sense. The EU industry has an outstanding record of improved energy efficiency. Energy Efficiency should be a global private enterprise as well as public initiative.
Climate change (carbon management)
EFMA position: the EU industry accepts the EU Council’s goal of a 20% reduction in CO2 by 2020; however without an international binding agreement leveling the playing field for carbon reduction, only a free allocation of emission rights for the EU fertilizer industry, based on benchmarks, can safeguard for EU competitiveness and prevent major carbon leakage.
Energy Mix and Use (natural Gas and other energy sources)
EFMA Position: the fertilizer industry supplies “plant nutrients” which feed the world. Up to 48% of the world’s population are fed by the use of mineral fertilizers. By 2030 the world need for cereals will rise by 50%.
As natural gas is especially efficient in energy and carbon terms in the production of fertilizers, EU energy policy must recognize that natural gas supply ultimately equates to food supply and security of food supply. Accordingly, EU policy makers must differentiate between energy resources best used for heating purposes, eg nuclear, and other energy resources best used as feedstocks or manufacturing inputs. Renewable including bio-fuels present a interesting diversification but are best employed when they are fully competitive against hydrocarbons and are long-term sustainable.
Energy security of supply “Security of Supply needs more Infrastructure linked to more Sources and more Routes”
Regasification Facilities —Existing and Potential (2006 – 2030)
LNG represents more sources and more routes = security The EU authorities should assist proposed expansion of more LNG sources of supply. LNG is the best flexibility option available.
New LNG terminals in the Baltic and Mediterranean have an immediate strategic security of supply advantages over established pipeline supplies. Isolated areas must be interconnected to EU partner Member States.
Security of Supply • Seasonal, cyclical and crisis factors must be accommodated for; otherwise serious losses to the EU economy will prevail, eg Ukraine-Russia gas disputes in 2006 and 2009; • Ideally market / physical hubs like Zeebrugge should be developed as these provide for physical – financial – and all services; while they tend to serve short-term market needs they also ensure “market” based practices – leading to long-term integration. • EFMA supports the formation of a European super hub –as a commodity price reference for gas for all industrial consumers in Europe. • Strategically, the EU should consider a strategic gas storage facility based in each key sub-region of the EU; this storage should cover up to 90 days winter demand levels. This promises to be sufficient to hold off unsatisfactory supply situations or price hike problems.
“Development of Infrastructure to serve combined long-term and short-term market and competitive needs”
Hub services typically serve short-term market needs • • • • • •
Interchanges Exchanges Balancing Parking Banking Title Transfers
Internal Market: Regulatory & Practical Improvements • EFMA and other energy intensive industries call for rapid agreement and implementation of the 3rd Gas Directive. Gains include promotion of unbundling; better co-operation between national regulators; a European Agency to secure integration and inter-connection; more transparency. • Progress promoting pro-competitive conditions must be achieved over the short – term – Europe’s gas prices are again the highest in the world. • EU competition powers must be employed against negative competition practices. • The Energy Council’s June 08 agreement for an in built review of the 3rd Gas Directive should be accompanied by another DG COMPETITION “sectoral study” on gas and electricity. Thus regulators and competition officials can work on the same agenda and “audit” the conduct of the incumbent supplier industry
• Reduce control and reservation of pipeline capacity at borders by the incumbents. • Open up key and new entry points typically dominated by the incumbents, while also supplying information sources for verifying entry/exit capacities. • Storage capacity and access should be made more transparent at priced at fair levels. • There should be more daily rather than hourly balancing network codes and the transfer mechanism between systems. • Simplification and acceleration of the regulatory discussion on gas quality issues; there needs to be investment in quality conversion infrastructure thus avoiding bottlenecks.
• Capacity at border crossings remain in control of incumbents; newcomers must be allowed access; • Capacity at borders must facilitate two-way flow connections; • New market demands require new connections and inter-connections: planning approval, third party access and competitive supply conditions must all be accounted for in a efficient manner; • Spare and unused capacity must be made available to consumers; • The EASEE gas reform process to resolve barriers arising from gas quality and/or cross-border trade has been too slow. It should be replaced by the European Agency or sub-regional groupings of National regulators. These can manage producer and consumer inputs.
EU and bi-lateral law development “European Union’s one voice on energy must promote Pan-European and International Legal Framework”
THE PAN-EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY FRAMEWORK ON THE SUPPLY OF GAS IS UNDERDEVELOPED
EU must use its bilateral Partnership & Cooperation Agreement Treaties (PCAs) to develop market economy pricing; costing and structures for gas and energy;
This is especially true from a consumer’s perspective. It is either not adequately adhered to or enforced, e.g. the Transit Protocol of the Energy Charter.
EU must use its diplomatic and consumer powers to establish dispute settlement mechanisms founded on law. Disputes such as the Russia-Ukraine disputes must be resolved by legal means.
Or it is underdeveloped as in the case of the absence of trade rules for energy in the World Trade Organization.
A basic set of legal rules should be agreed by the EU, OECD as consumers and major suppliers
Trade & Energy Policy Development
Trade and competition distorting measures such as state fixing of gas prices; dual pricing or pricing below full costs must be outlawed under international law.
The WTO should agree a Trade Related Energy agreement (TRES) to regulate standards for trade in gas and energy products. Unfair state fixed pricing and dualpricing should be â€œoutlawedâ€? by the WTO.
Transit and transportation must be made totally free of political or peculiar interferences. For Europe the Energy Transit Protocol must be adopted and enforced by all â€“ or urgently a new Treaty arrangement must be agreed between all interested parties. Russia can no longer be allowed to a laggard. Ukraine must meet its Protocol and Energy Community commitments on transit.
International energy products trade and competition should be subject to regular dialogue or summits between producer and consumer countries with the aim of avoiding energy supply crisis.
Global WTO rules to correct unfair pricing of energy and natural resources â€œSeveral suppliers practice unfair dual-pricing and artificially low state fixed pricing to advantage local industries: Russia and Egypt are key examples.â€?
RUSSIA by PIPELINE to EU
EGYPT by LNG to EU
Current EU correction is by trade defence actions: but in future the WTO should outlaw unfair pricing practices which distort a level playing field.
12 Sources: independent trade press
Energy and feedstock efficiency “Energy Efficiency should be a global private enterprise as well as public initiative”
ENCOURAGEMENT OF VOLUNTARY ENERGY EFFICIENCY SCHEMES PROMOTING BEST AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES
Climate Change (carbon management) EFMA Perspectives on Climate Change • The EU industry predominantly operates plants which are natural gas based, i.e. the most efficient in energy used and carbon emissions; • The EU industry can make further contributions to energy and carbon abatement; • However the EU industry as the most efficient in energy and carbon management terms cannot accept a loss of competiveness or profitability due to an uneven carbon reduction playing-field – especially with regard to near neighbours in Europe and in North Africa. These competitors already operate off subsidized gas costs. • Real carbon leakage, i.e. closure of efficient EU plants while less efficient plants continue with no improvements is a “living reality” in the EU and world nitrogen fertilizer scene. 14
CO2 emission / t ammonia (relative to natural gas = 100)
200 150 100 50
200 150 100 50
European fertilizer production has lowest emissions 9 8
t CO2-eqv per t N
New EU climate change regulations must take account of the risk of carbon leakage.
Energy consumption / t ammonia (relative to natural gas = 100)
Relative Energy Consumption and CO2-Release: Ammonia Plants with different Feedstocks
Ship transport to WE From urea when used Fertilizer production Nitric acid production Ammonia production
5 4 3 2
NOTE: Urea gives more emission from the soil, which is not shown in this graph
1 0 AN/BAT Europe
AN from Russia
Urea/BAT Urea from Europe China
Global Benchmarking of Energy Efficiency: Progress is achievable short and long term
The EU has many of the worldâ€™s most efficient ammonia plants.
Energy Efficiency in EU Ammonia Plants
450 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0
Haber-Bosch Steam reforming natural gas
1910 1915 1930 1950 1960 1975 2000
Todayâ€˜s technology is close to theoretical minimum
Energy Mix and Use: Natural Gas and other energy sources Natural gas is distinctive because: It is a feedstock used to make chemical and mineral fertilizers
Ultimately gas = food Ultimately gas = food security Therefore the EU must work to reduce the foreseen
â€œsupply gapâ€? â€“ and this inevitably means
substituting other sources for the energy only uses.
Conclusions on a 2020 European competitive and integrated energy scene
• Pan – European inter-continental inter-connected Single Energy Market • Free, Fair and Competitive Energy and Gas Trade relations backed by “good neighbour relations; inter-connected infrastructure and law; • Sustainable gas and other energy supply based on market economy standards and respecting social, health and environmental care
• Food security and safety backed by the rational and added value use of natural gas
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Published on Apr 8, 2009
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