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1 VEMW Energy Lunch EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Much Progress, But Not Yet A Blueprint For The World Woerden, Netherlands, 24 May 2013 Vianney Schyns, Utility Support Group & for publications 1

2 1.Major problems EU Climate and Energy field 2.The EU ETS for phase 3 ( ) –What were the aims of free allocation? – regulatory framework 3.EU ETS: short term issues –Cross-sectoral correction factor (CSF), financial compensation, split of GHG permit into more GHG installations –Carbon Leakage List (see other presentation) 4.Theory methods of allocation – EU ETS progress: industry benchmarks 5.Theory activity factor: absolute or relative or “hybrid” 6.Fundamental problems EU ETS in phase 3 ( ) 7.Carbon leakage – EU Commission – academia 8.Fundamental solutions for the Structural Reform 9.Some references 2 Contents

3 Natural gas and feedstock –Natural gas prices are amongst the highest in the world (next to Japan) –Unconventional gas causes a huge disadvantage for Europe versus esp. USA; potentially also big reserves in e.g. China Electricity –Electricity prices are amongst the highest in the world (next to Japan) Climate package is not (yet) geared to competitiveness –Inefficient overlap with EED (Energy Efficiency Directive) –High RES costs (subsidies) for generation, upcoming issue is “capacity mechanisms” with also high cost. Energy Intensive Industry (EII) is not shielded from RES costs in all MSs (NL: yes, so far; Germany: to a large part). Increasing pressure that EII must pay also (a part). –Present EU ETS is likely to cause significant investment & production carbon leakage 3 1. Major problems EU Climate and Energy field

4 Globally –Avoid carbon leakage (e.g. recital 24, statements Barroso, EP, Council) Production leakage (lower production, import product & unemployment) Investment leakage –Protect competitiveness as good as possible (recital 25) –Good global competitiveness = good resistance to energy and carbon leakage Within Europe: avoid distortions, improve effectiveness –“Harmonised ETS is imperative to avoid distortions in the internal market” (recital 8) through “Community-wide and fully-harmonised implementing measures” (Art. 10a(1)) –Environmental effectiveness (recital 20 old, Art. 1, Art. 10a, etc.): move away from historical grandfathering EU ETS: the aims of free allocation?

5 1.EU ETS Directive of 2003 –Revised, 23 April 2009 (published OJ 5 June 2009), legally binding 2.Commission Decision on Benchmarks and Allocation Rules –Adopted 27 April 2011 (OJ 17 May 2011), legally binding (the “CIMs” *) 3.Guidance Documents on Benchmarks and Allocation Rules –Adopted 14 April 2011 and later, not legally binding –(1) General guidance, (2) allocation methodologies, (3) data collection, (4) verification NIMs baseline data reports, (5) carbon leakage, (6) cross boundary heat flows, (7) new entrants / closure rules, (8) waste gases, (9) sector specific guidance, PLUS guidance methodology report + Q&As (together 500+ pages) 4.State aid guidelines for EU ETS financial compensation –Adopted 22 May 2012 and 13 December 2012, legally binding *) CIMs: Community-wide and fully-harmonised Implementation Measures EU ETS: regulatory framework

6 CSF might be early: perhaps < 1.0 in 2013? Causes would be: –Heat allocation from electricity generators to ETS installations –Allocation for waste gases (esp. steel) emitted by electricity generators However, the present (too ambitious) top 10% benchmarks deliver  21% reduction versus Weighted Average Efficiency (WAE) Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries (AEII) letter to Mr Jos Delbeke on 12 December Cross-sectoral correction factor (CSF)

7 Achieved: not average but marginal power plant –CWE (Germany, Austria, France, Benelux): 0.76 ton CO 2 /MWh Eligible a.o. –Aluminium, lead, zinc, tin, copper, basic iron and steel and ferro-alloys, man-made and cotton-type fibres, paper and paperboard and mechanical pulp, fertilisers and nitrogen compounds, other organic and other inorganic chemicals, selected polymers: ldPE, lldPe, hdPE, PP, PVC and Polycarbonate (PC) Reduction factors (wrongly: incentive electricity efficiency and move from “grey” to “green”) –Aid intensity: 85% in , 80% in , 75% in –Products without product benchmark: 80% EU ETS financial compensation (1)

8 Product benchmarks –Primary aluminium, alumina, basic oxygen steel, EAF carbon steel, EAF high alloy steel, FeSi, FeMnHC, SiMn, Cl 2 (chlorine), Si metal, hyperpure polysilicon, SiC, HVC (crackers), aromatics, carbon black, styrene, EO/EG, zinc electrolysis, ammonia Production-consumption baseline (most MSs wanted actual!) –7-year period , allowed minus one year –Significant capacity extension (reduction): physical change & 10% capacity increase (legally not required: 2 highest months in 3 or 6 months after start-up = “start of normal operations”) –Germany: actual production (max), banking if actual < baseline! EU ETS financial compensation (2)

9 Applicable EUA forward price –“The simple average of the daily one-year forward EUA prices (closing offer prices) for delivery in December of the year for which the aid is granted, as observed in a given EU carbon exchange from 1 January to 31 December of the year preceding the year for which the aid is granted.” –“For example, for aid granted for 2016, it is the simple average of the December 2016 EUA closing offer prices observed from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015 in a given EU carbon exchange.” Eligible volume NL –  17 TWh (  17% of total electricity use), 33% of auction revenues (may rise to e.g. 37% after a possible set-aside) This financial compensation is maximum (MS can do less) EU ETS financial compensation (3)

10 Allowed by Commission, less distortions versus other Member States –Optimisation of baseline years (median or median ) –Much easier to get allowances for significant capacity extensions; criteria: 10% extension or 50,000 allowances and at least 5% extension Split GHG permit into more GHG installations

11 1.Auctioning 2.Free allocation, historical grandfathering (basis historical emissions), like EU ETS phase 1 ( ), phase 2 ( ) 3.Free allocation, benchmark based –Static benchmarking: allocation = benchmark x historical production –Dynamic benchmarking: allocation = benchmark x actual production 4.Hybrids, like EU ETS phase 3 ( ): –Auctioning for electricity production, static benchmarking for direct emissions of industry, possible financial compensation for the indirect (electricity) emissions (restricted, inherently unstable) Theory: methods of allocation (1)

12 Auctioning: only if applied globally (otherwise carbon leakage) –Generally regarded as ideal system: most effective & efficient –Production & product carbon price signal Production: incentive to reduce emissions for manufacturing installations Product: carbon cost fully in variable costs of each product –Higher product price  lower market demand (price elasticity of demand) –Inter-product competition  lower carbon products win market share –Note, dynamic benchmarking: same production carbon price signal Carbon costs also variable costs, carbon cost difference between 2 manufacturing plants: same as for auctioning (unlike static systems) Auctioning & dynamic BM: same in following of market dynamics: win/lose market share, growth and shrinkage on firm level (unlike static systems) Theory: methods of allocation (2)

13 Free allocation, historical grandfathering –EU ETS, phase 1 ( ) and phase 2 ( ) –Considered in the 7 Chinese ETS pilots EU ETS experience: historical grandfathering was a failure  Baseline years include crisis years, shut downs, expansions  High polluters are rewarded (high allocation), disadvantage for modern efficient plants (no reward of early action) as scarcity increases  Uncertainty for expansions, complex rules, barriers & risks for growth  Huge windfall profits for electricity producers (opportunity costs)  “Update” problem: investment to reduce emission  lower allocation later, so operators delay abatement (discount of carbon price signal) Theory: methods of allocation (3)

14 Free allocation, static benchmarking –For industry, EU ETS, phase 3 ( ) EU ETS experience: progress, but still huge problems  Baseline years for historical production include crisis years, shut downs, expansions: historical production tells nothing about the future  Uncertainty for expansions, complex rules, barriers & risks for growth (see reference 4) The important “update” problem: disappeared, problem solved Theory: methods of allocation (4)

15 The European Union achieved benchmarks for phase 3 –Leading support role by Ecofys/Fraunhofer and industry federations –52 benchmarks: chemicals (15), Paper & pulp (11), ceramics incl. plaster/gypsum/plasterboard (7), steel industry (6), cement industry incl. lime/dolime (5), glass (4) aluminium (2), refineries & aromatics (2) EU ETS lessons –A correct technical definition is feasible in a reasonable time –Stringency of the benchmark is an important framework choice EU ETS: “top 10%” benchmarks (average of 10% best installations) Australian ETS: weighted average benchmarks, better for competitiveness –More stringent benchmarks: not better for the environment, to the contrary: higher incentive carbon leakage  lower overall efficiency EU ETS achievement: industry benchmarks

16 Introduction names & concepts: absolute, relative, hybrid –Absolute schemes, cap & trade in narrow sense Permit trading (environmental economists’ literature), ex-ante fixed caps per firm or auctioning; includes static benchmarking (see reference 5) Aims: certainty environmental outcome, they claim as most efficient system because of (product) carbon price signal – price elasticity of demand –Relative schemes Credit trading (environmental economists’ literature), ex-post to actual production; other names: baseline-and-credit, performance standard rate (PSR), rate-, intensity-, output-based; includes dynamic benchmarking Our claim: auctioning = “relative” (BM x actual production, BM = 0) Aims: avoid carbon leakage, avoid competitive distortions (winning/losing market share), avoid barriers & risks for growth (see references 2 & 3) –A hybrid: relative for firms, absolute cap for total (see references 2 & 3) Theory: absolute or relative or “hybrid” (1)

17 What is best? Difficult subject, analyse via “elimination” Level 1: absolute caps give certainty of environmental outcome, relative caps do not; often expressed –E.g. by Koutstaal et al (CATEP, 2002), EU Commission e.g. in Decision (2003) on Dutch NOx ETS, EU ETS Directive demands “absolute” for linking trading schemes (but: position is softening) –However “absolute” is no guarantee, some targets “can’t be done”: Who could have foreseen the immense Chinese growth 10 years ago? If absolute would be guaranteed: why not set -85% for 2020, or for 2025? –Canada (2007): “World Resources Institute noted in a 2006 report, ‘for environmental performance, what matters overall is that targets are set at reasonably stringent levels and subsequently are met. This may be achieved with absolute or intensity targets.’” Theory: absolute or relative or “hybrid” (2)

18 Level 1: issues about ex-ante absolute caps –Illusion: supply-demand balance predictable for e.g. 10 years ahead? –Will Europe recover from the crisis? Or remain depressed for 10 years? Or something in between? –Or: what will happen if Europe recovers from the crisis and economic growth becomes much higher than expectation? (explosion to very high carbon price) Theory: absolute or relative or “hybrid” (3)

19 Level 2: carbon price signal – carbon leakage – windfalls –Climate Strategies / Carbon Trust, Öko-Institut and many other environmental economists: actual production is solution to avoid carbon leakage, but not acceptable because of loss of carbon price signal (meant: product carbon price signal), “with relative caps product prices are inefficient” (Koutstaal) – price elasticity of demand –However: avoidance of carbon leakage and avoidance of possibility of windfall profits (ref. CE Delft) and maintenance of product carbon price signal are conflicting objectives, mutually exclusive Carbon leakage >> elasticity profit (Carbon Trust) Carbon leakage is inefficient, total loss for the environment (see reference 3, Trilogy Study) Theory: absolute or relative or “hybrid” (4)

20 Level 3, hybrid, combining absolute with relative: ex-ante absolute cap for total, relative (actual production, ex-post correction 1 or 2 years later) for individual operator *) –Examples: (1) Australian ETS (average benchmark incl. indirect (electricity) allocation, ‘true-up’ to actual production), (2) Waxman-Markey bill (with strategic reserve for growth/shrinkage and with price collar) –“Ex-post” with guarantee of total cap is easy in present EU ETS: New entrants’ reserve (NER): allowances for growth, allowances flow back if production is lower than assumed (certainty for growth) NER to be refilled from auction volume, if NER is depleted  However, EU ETS cap >> 2020 is problem in case of no global ETS by 2020 *) Fischer (Resources of the Future), Quirion (CIRED a.o.), Loske / Schyns (see reference 2 & 3) Theory: absolute or relative or “hybrid” (5)

21 Wide agreement on ideal system long-term –Auctioning, but then also global rules: what (not) to do with revenues (otherwise allocation problems are reintroduced via backdoor) –Global cap, one single carbon price –Probably also: some supply response – e.g. with carbon banks, auction reserve price, maximum price –Same & clever ETS coverage, avoid incentive lack by “ETS borders” Example: full bio-based manufacturing plant should not be ‘non-ETS’ (such as now in the EU ETS), this removes the incentive Theory: absolute or relative or “hybrid” (6)

22 Fundamental problems EU ETS of the ex-ante allocation 1.Under-allocation: major barriers and risks for growth, likelihood of investment carbon leakage, neglected by advocates of permit trading 2.Incentive for production carbon leakage (49%, partial cessation rules), neglected by advocates of permit trading 3.Possibility of windfall profits (but permit trading advocates state: there must be windfall profits (carbon price signal), efficiency of the scheme) 4.The big debate for 3 years in Europe: over-supply during crisis (EU ETS only commodity market without supply response) – backloading / set- aside is conceptually questionable, no structural solution Fundamental problems EU ETS (1)

23 Carbon Leakage List, assessments each 5 years: uncertainty NER limited (sufficient for 1.2% annual growth), (yet) no NER for after 2020 Unstable, unpredictable and restricted financial compensation : restricted in terms of (1) coverage of sectors and (2) with reduction factors The too stringent “top 10%” immediately in 2013, moves down with cross- sectoral correction factor CSF (when?) and for new investments with linear reduction factor LRF, both with 1.74% points per year (70.4% in 2030, 53.0% in 2040) Fundamental problems EU ETS (2) – killers

24 Various kinds of production carbon leakage by “ex-ante” –Structural incumbent production carbon leakage: selling allowances creates more value than Gross Value Added (GVA) GVA w/o ETS moves up and down (tight – less tight supply-demand ratio) Problem increases over time (CSF), moves from quartile 4 to quartile 3 to WAE plants and so forth CO 2 break-even prices generally in the range of € 40-80/ton –Arbitrage production carbon leakage: a producer arbitrages between producing in Europe and producing outside Europe while covering transportation costs into Europe by sales of allowances CO 2 break-even prices: generally € 25-35/ton until as low as € 15-25/ton Also rather low break-even prices for new plants: investment carbon leakage Fundamental problems EU ETS (3)

25 Error in Impact Assessment ( ) of EU ETS Directive, “free allocation does the trick” –Analysis of allocation options (pages ): (1) harmonised grandfathering, (2) fully harmonised benchmarking, (3) Hybrid approach: harmonised benchmarking only for large emitters, (3) relative performance benchmarking, the latter with the addition “This option does not mean that allocations will be adjusted to actual production (ex-post adjustments)”. –Wrong conclusion (page 122): “Since the number of allowances to be allocated for free is rather determined according to the option chosen as set out in the preceding section, all options have similar effects as regards environmental effectiveness and their potential to avoid carbon leakage.” Ex-ante allocation is in fact an inbuilt incentive for carbon leakage Carbon leakage – European Commission

26 Argue until 2008 in European Parliament, there are 3 remedies for carbon leakage –Ex-post allocation –Border adjustments –Global sectorial agreements, global carbon market But … –Ex-post allocation rejected, as it destroys the (product) carbon price signal However, Trilogy Study (Loske-Schyns) –Argument is inconsistent, there is either loss of product carbon price signal or there is carbon leakage Carbon leakage – Climate Strategies, Öko-Institut

27 As from 2009, the same 3 remedies for carbon leakage apply –Ex-post allocation now recommended, next to (preferably) –Border adjustments –And of course: global sectorial agreements, global carbon market E.g. Climate Strategies– Dröge (2009), page 42 –“Thus, if free allocation of allowances is used to address carbon leakage under a cap and trade system, it has to be linked to the existence, availability or production of the installation. …” E.g. Grantham-CCCEP (2013) (incl. Öko-Institut), page 42 –“the impact on leakage of production … to non-EU regions is less under output-based allocation” Carbon leakage – Climate Strategies, Öko-Institut

28 Avoid carbon leakage = ensure global competitiveness = support Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth and Jobs (industry from 16% to 20% of GDP) 1.Rethink total cap and allocation to industry if by or soon after 2020 there is no global participation with equal carbon burdens 2.Unstable, unpredictable restricted financial compensation, move to unrestricted indirect allocation, complementary to direct allocation 3.Carbon Leakage List: assessments each 5 years, move to more certainty: e.g. by comparison electricity, gas and feedstocks and comparison EU ETS with ETSs outside EU 4.NER: define for after 2020 and guarantee to refill from auction volume if depleted, no auctioning of left overs Fundamental solutions EU ETS (1)

29 Avoid carbon leakage = ensure global competitiveness = support Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth and Jobs (industry from 16% to 20% of GDP) 5.Stringent “top 10%” immediately in 2013, move to Weighted Average Efficiency (WAE) benchmarks 6.CSF and LRF to be replaced by a realistic ILRF (Industry Linear Reduction Factor) of e.g. 0.8% points per year (‘sliding path’ allocation taking into account technological possibilities, stringent targets need time & resources) –Fallbacks: no ILRF but state-of-the art technology! (until … CCS, etc.) 7.Ex-ante allocation, move to ex-post, eliminates barriers & risks for growth, creates recession-proof system Abandon Guidance Docs, move to legally binding rules, simplify rules Fundamental solutions EU ETS (2)

30 Operational details ex-post allocation per installation 1.Initial allocation = benchmark x historical production median or If actual production < historical, surplus flows to NER 3.If actual production > historical, shortage taken from NER 4.Surplus NER end trading period is not auctioned but kept in reserve for future industrial growth 5.Any shortage of the NER is refilled from the auction volume The ex-post correction is also applicable for the “fallback” benchmarks (heat, fuel, process emissions) The ex-post correction can be done in year n+1 or n Fundamental solutions EU ETS (3)

31 Ex-post – last worry of the Commission, DG Climate Action  Director General Jos Delbeke concluded on the stakeholder meeting of 19 April 2013 that a supply response will indeed be considered, but that “ex-post” on installation level is not doable because that would require huge efforts and time to scrutinise and approve the allocation annually, as is now being undertaken  However, this worry is taken into account CIMs Art. 23 requires stepwise ex-post adjustments (-50% for 50%- 75% production shrinkage, etc.), while initial allocation is untouched The proposed (advanced) approach requires ex-post adjustments to any (higher or lower) production level, while initial allocation is also untouched Fundamental solutions EU ETS (4)

32 1.“Climate change challenges and the search for a sustainable policy”, Schyns (2005), a.o. about absolute or relative targets 2.“The IFIEC method for the allocation of CO 2 allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme”, by Ecofys (2008), a.o. electricity benchmark as alternative for auctioning 3.Trilogy Study: “The benefits and feasibility of an ETS based on benchmarks and actual production”, Loske, Schyns (2008), about ensuring the total cap in an intensity based scheme & carbon leakage, possible windfall profits and the product- and the production carbon price signal 4.“A reality check of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; Does it allow growth – the major objective of the EU industry policy?”, Brouwers, Stalmans, Schyns (2012), detailed study of CIMs & Guidance Documents: major barriers & risks for growth 5.“Tradable Permits versus Tradable Credits: A Survey and Analysis”, Nentjes, Woerdman (2012), a comprehensive ETS history & a comparison of ex-ante (absolute) fixed emission caps per firm with (relative) ex-post systems Some References


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