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1 1 The Hidden Costs of diesel Subsidies and the automobile sector Fuel Subsidies: Getting to Grips with the Pros and Cons of Higher Prices Anumita Roychowdhury Centre for Science and Environment Media Workshop IISD, TERI, NIPFP and the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India New Delhi, August 28, 2012

2 2 Source; Based on PPAC data Yawning gap between petrol and diesel prices

3 3 Diesel cost is not fully recovered Source: based on PPAC data Differences in taxes and dealers commission on petrol and diesel: Wide gap Under taxed and under priced diesel

4 4 Oil marketing companies reported Rs 64,900 Crore under recovery from diesel, kerosene and LPG during the 1st half of the year (April-Sept 2011). Diesel accounted for the highest losses: 58% Source: Anon 2011, Industry Sales Review Report October 2011, PPAC, MOPNG, India Diesel is responsible for maximum under recovery

5 5 Distortions……. More diesel cars Freight traffic shifting from railways to trucks Proliferation of diesel gen sets…… and so on

6 6 Case study of diesel cars……. Diesel car sales hit all time high So have diesel cars: 4% to 49%..... (Now touching 60%) Overall car sales have galloped… Explosive: In popular car models the share of diesel car is 70-75% In diesel cars were 34% higher than pervious year. Even at a moderate and flat growth rate of 20 per cent a year, the total diesel cars in 2020 will be double the size of the total car sales today. Source: Based on market data Source: Based on SIAM data

7 7 Sales of diesel Cars, MUVs, MPVs to : Car engines below 1400 cc – 45% growth More than 2000 cc – 41% growth Recession? Where? Even SUV segment shows high growth rate. Naturally. It is so cheap to run diesel cars!

8 8 With each litre of petrol replaced by diesel to run a car the excise earning of the government from a car drops seven times Use of diesel in cars has increased so much that the excise earnings from petrol and diesel has equaled. This will only get worse as diesel cars continue to explode. Within and diesel cars have increased by 34%. Enormous revenue losses from personal vehicle usage…….

9 9 Therefore………………

10 10 Demand for higher tax on diesel cars get louder

11 11 But…………..

12 12 New number game in town – diesel cars use less than 1% of diesel … so why tax the car!

13 13 SIAM released this on 1st Feb 2011 Reality says SIAM- Says SIAM: Perception – Diesel vehicles are polluting Automobile industry -- SIAM released this -- Diesel: Some Perceptions - Some Realities……

14 14 PPAC Sector-wise diesel consumption Working Group on Petroleum (WGP)/ SIAM Sector-wise diesel consumption The new number game…..

15 15 Strange puzzle…… Overall diesel use increase.. But road transport sector use remains the same Total diesel consumption in the country: PPAC: 51,700 TMT (2008) SIAM/WGP: 63,001 TMT (2011) -- 20% increase Total road transport diesel consumption: -- PPAC: 33,088 TMT -- SIAM/WGP: 33,254 TMT Almost same…. -- There is variance in relative share of vehicle segments

16 16 WPG/SIAM: Cars and SUVs use 5.2% of total diesel consumption in the country = 3276 TMT If petrol cars use a third of total petrol which is 4272 TMT (the rest is used by two/three-wheelers) Then, As much as 40% of total fuel used in car segment is diesel! It is still not possible to hide dieselisation of car and SUV segment!

17 17 We cannot afford dieselisation …………..Why?

18 18 PM10 levels Delhi NO2 levels Delhi Source :CSE analysis of CPCB air quality data Diesel related air pollution is high in Indian cities……. Increase of only 10 microgramme/cu m of PM2.5 leads to significant increases in health risks. High exposure increase hospitalisation for asthma, lung diseases, chronic bronchitis, heart damage and lung cancer. NOx leads to ozone.

19 19 Understand the toxic risk NOx PM Source ARAI Diesel cars are legally allowed to emit three time more NOx and several times more particulates than petrol cars……. Comparison of petrol and diesel norms under Euro III and Euro IV

20 High exposure to vehicular fume need special attention Vehicular emissions contribute to significant human exposure. Pollution concentration in our breathe is 3-4 times higher than the ambient air concentration. In densely-populated cities more than 50 – 60% of the population lives or works near roadside where levels are much higher. This is very serious in low income neighborhoods located close to roads. Poor have a higher prevalence of some underlying diseases related to air pollution and proximity to roadways increases the potential health effects. In three cities World Bank review found vehicles contributing an average 50% of the direct PM emissions and 70% of PM exposure. The WHO report of 2005: Epidemiological evidences for the adverse health effects of exposure to transport related air pollution is increasing. Some of the deadliest air toxics, also carcinogens, are related to vehicular emissions. Blamed even for killing foetus.

21 21 People living close to road side are most exposed to vehicular fume Evidence from Delhi…. Given the large number of people living within meters of a major road, the Panel concluded that exposures to primary traffic generated pollutants are likely to be of public health concern and deserve attention.

22 22 In June this year the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health organisation (WHO) has reclassified diesel exhaust as Group 1 list of carcinogen that have definite links to cancer. Diesel exhaust is now in the same class of deadly carcinogens as asbestos, arsenic or tobacco among others. The IARC-WHO has urged worldwide efforts to reduce exposure to diesel fumes as much as possible. The shocker…….

23 Other governments consider toxic Air contaminant Unit Risk Factors to prioritise action Toxic Air ContaminantUnit Risk/Million People Detection limit (ppb) Acetaldehyde Benzene ,3-Butadiene Carbon Tetrachloride Chromium, Hexavalent150, (in nanogram) Para-Dichlorobenzene Formaldehyde60.10 Methylene Chloride10.10 Perchloroethylene Diesel particulate matter 300N/A Note: Unit Risk represents the number of excess cancer cases per million people per micrgramme per cubic meter TAC concentration over a 70 year lifetime exposure A diesel particulate matter unit risk value of 300 is used as a reasonable estimate in the Risk Reduction Plan to reduce Particulae Matter Emissions from Diesel Fuelled Engines an vehicles (ARB, October 2000) Source: California Air Resource Board How safe it is to have diesel particles in our air?

24 24 High contribution of diesel combustion to PM2.5 in Indian cities DIESELISED AIR Diesels contribution to ambient PM2.5 levels Reduce factors that contribute towards toxic risks: About 26% of Delhiites have undergone chromosomal damage due to air pollution that can be precursor to cancer (CNCI study ) The National Cancer Institute study released in March 2012: Occupationally exposed miners has five times the risk than the lowest exposure group.The findings suggest that the risks may extend to other workers exposed to diesel exhaust, and to people living in urban areas where diesel exhaust levels are elevated.

25 25 Energy insecure? Cheap diesel is pushing market towards bigger cars that guzzle more fuel………… Source: Based on market data Petrol car sales higher in small car segment -- 87% of petrol cars are below 1200 cc. More than 40% of the diesel cars are above 1500 cc

26 26 Increased mass and more energy guzzling Most diesel models are in the heavier weight classes. Cheaper diesel will aid in shift towards heavier models. A 10% increase in large vehicle sales can create additional demand for more than 17,500 barrels of oil annually. (ICCT) Can we afford this? Growing numbers, weight and increased dieselisation can lead to a cumulative loss of 6.5 mtoe of energy between 2010 and This equals the fuel use of all four-wheeled passenger vehicles in around 6.6 mtoe (ICCT). This defeats the objective of improving Indias energy security. Also India does not have fuel economy standards More diesel car models in the larger and heavier classes

27 Rebound Effect: Diesel fuel has higher carbon content than petrol. If more diesel is burnt encouraged by its cheaper prices and more driving, more heat-trapping CO2 will escape. Black carbon emissions from diesel vehicles are several times more heat trapping than CO2 CO2 emissions from the upstream diesel refining process will increase:European Commission has found lifetime pollution costs of Euro IV compliant diesel car is much higher than petrol cars. This nullifies the marginal greenhouse gas reduction benefit of diesel car and costs higher to the society. Why climate insecure? Less CO2: yet a climate rogue

28 28 Learn from Europes mistake European industry relied heavily on expanding the diesel car fleet to reduce CO2 emissions and meet the CO2 target of 140g/km in 2008 and 120g/km in But Europe is neither close to meeting their target for CO2 emissions, nor their local air quality targets of NOx and PM reduction. With dieselisation the average power of the car fleet in Europe has increased by 30% since 1990 European Commission has calculated the difference in lifetime pollution costs of Euro IV diesel car and petrol car: -- Total pollution cost of a Euro IV diesel car is 1195 Euros vis a vis 846 Euros for a petrol car. This negates the marginal greenhouse gas reduction benefit of diesel car and it costs higher to the society.

29 29 Cheaper fuel leads to more oil guzzling: Global evidence A World Bank study (2010) has found six countries (the U.S, Russia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Canada), that under tax fuels, responsible for more than 40% of transport oil GHG emissions. But a much larger number of countries that overtax transport fuels together account for 28% of transport fuel GHG world emissions.

30 30 We still need clean diesel for all users……..

31 31 Unacceptable time lag -- Bharat Stage III 12 years behind Europe -- Bharat stage IV seven years behind Source: based on European Commission, MORTH, India, Diesel Net Diesel car emission norm trajectory and Indias position During 12 th plan refinery capacity will expand 1.6 times. But this is not linked with stringent emissions standards roadmap. There is no fiscal strategy

32 We need clean diesel not just for cars but for all…….. It is possible to reduce harmful diesel emissions drastically. But India is diselising without clean diesel Source: ICCT We need clean diesel (10 ppm sulphur) along with advanced after treatment system. Need a fiscal strategy to meet the cost of makeover Investment for refinery expansion not linked with improved emissions standards. Reduce toxic risk

33 33 Cost benefit analysis convince other governments to take hard action….. USEPA calculates cost benefit of clean air regulations to justify aggressive action

34 34 Other governments are taking active fiscal measures to discourage intermediate diesel technology and undertaxed diesel…. -- Brazil: Diesel cars are banned because of the policy to keep taxes lower on diesel. –Denmark: Diesel cars are taxed higher to offset the lower prices of diesel fuel. –China: taxes do not differentiate between petrol and diesel. –Sri Lanka: While total tax burden on petrol car is 244% on diesel car it is %. This has reversed the diesel trend.

35 35 Time to take decision…. -- Eliminate fuel subsidies that distort market and create public health and environmental risks. -- Get the prices right to minimise incorrect pricing signals. -- Tax according to externality level – fuel consumption, air pollution, congestion impacts, fuel adulteration etc -- Need tax disincentive for diesel cars if clean diesel is not available and diesel remains undertaxed -- Need clean diesel nation-wide: Introduce 10 ppm sulphur diesel to enable advanced diesel technologies -- Need fiscal strategy for refinery upgrades to produce clean diesel. -- Tax on diesel cars to create a fund? Capital subsidy for refineries? Surcharge on fuel to create funds to clean up fuels? Need solution. -- Consider health costs and benefits in taxation policy We know enough to act. Need policy action.

36 36 Thank You


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