طرح تجاری انتشار آلاینده اروپا و رقابت : یک مطالعه موردی در صنعت آهن و فولاد
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|19530||2008||19 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||8242 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Energy Economics, Volume 30, Issue 4, July 2008, Pages 2009–2027
We quantify the impact of the European Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) on the two dimensions of competitiveness – production and profitability – for the iron and steel industry. Among those covered by the scheme, this sector is one of the most exposed, since it is both highly CO2-intensive and relatively open to international trade. We also examine the robustness of these results to various assumptions: marginal abatement cost curve, trade and demand elasticities, as well as pass-through rates and updating of allocation rules, of which the latter two are scarcely debated. We conclude that for this sector, competitiveness losses are small. We prove this conclusion to be robust. Hence arguments against tightening the environmental stringency of the ETS in Phase II are not justified on grounds of competitiveness loss. Our systematic sensitivity analysis allows us to identify the important assumptions for each output variable. It turns out that pass-through rates and updating rules are significant, despite being often implicit and least debated in existing analyses.
The European GHG Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is the largest cap-and-trade system worldwide and the most important European climate change mitigation policy in place. Its environmental effectiveness depends on the stringency of the overall emissions cap. However, with decentralised allocation – “national allocation plans” (NAPs) submitted by each member states and reviewed by the European Commission determine national caps which aggregate to make the EU cap – the environmental stringency is indirectly controlled. In phase I of the directive (2005–2007), the number of allowances allocated was close to, or higher than the likely business-as-usual emissions during this period (Reilly and Paltsev, 2005 and Schleich and Betz, 2005). This lack of stringency is largely fuelled by concerns about the competitive disadvantage for European economies vis-à-vis non carbon-constrained countries such as the U.S. and developing countries. The debate on industrial competitiveness is blurred, however, by loosely defined wording such as “competitive disadvantage”, “competitive distortion” and “competitiveness” which can be interpreted very differently. For example, on a macroeconomic level, the very notion of competitiveness can be argued to be meaningless because exchange rates adjust over time to make up for “competitiveness distortions” experienced by a nation (Krugman, 1994). Yet on a micro level, individual industrial sectors and companies will lose or gain “competitiveness” — this can basically be reduced to two interpretations: 1. a loss in domestic production, which in turn may induce industrial relocations, domestic employment losses and possibly leakage to pollution havens; 2. a loss in profits, hence in stock value, of domestic firms. It is essential to disentangle these two effects since, as we shall see, the ETS may impact them in very different ways. The iron and steel industry sector is one of the most exposed among those covered by the EU ETS, since it is both highly CO2-intensive and relatively open to international trade (Quirion and Hourcade, 2004). Studies that have assessed the impact of the EU ETS in this sector (cf. Oberndorfer, 2006, and references therein) generally conclude to a modest decrease in EU production. Conversely most of these studies do not address the second aspect of competitiveness, i.e., profitability, one exception being Smale et al. (2006) who finds a positive impact. However, these studies often do not report on the robustness of the results to the most obviously important parameters: marginal abatement cost, import, export and demand elasticities. Debatable (and often implicit) modelling assumptions make it further problematic. First they generally do not make explicit, the rate of pass-through i.e. the share of an increase in marginal cost that is passed on to product prices. In addition, allowances are often assumed to be distributed on a lump-sum basis. As we will see, the latter assumption is not well-suited for modelling the EU ETS. This paper assesses the impact of the EU ETS on both the production and profitability of the iron and steel sector by using a simple and transparent partial equilibrium model. Its simplicity allows us to vary key parameters and assumptions mentioned above and thus determine robustness and sensitivity of results to the different parameters. The parameters and assumptions that require more attention can therefore be identified. We conclude that for the EU iron and steel sector in general, competitiveness losses, if any, are small. We prove this conclusion to be robust. Hence the tightening environmental stringency of the ETS in the second period should not be opposed on grounds of competitiveness losses. Our systematic sensitivity analysis allows us to identify important assumptions for every output variable. It turns out that the pass-through rates and updating rules, although most often implicit and not debated in existing analyses, are of major importance. After outlining the model in the subsequent section, we present results on the competitiveness impacts of the EU ETS for central scenario in Section 3. Then, in 4 and 5, we test the sensitivity of these results by varying one by one the key assumptions pre-cited. In the Following section, all assumptions are varied together to quantify the overall uncertainty. Section 7 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The goal of the paper was to assess the competitiveness impact and the environmental effectiveness of the EU ETS in the iron and steel sector, while testing the robustness of the results to key assumptions: marginal abatement cost curve, price elasticity of demand, price elasticity of trade, pass-through rates and allocation updating rules. We address two dimensions of com- petitiveness: production and profitability. Afirstconclusionisthatproductionlossesareweak,whichisinlinewiththeotherassessmentsof the EU ETS ( Oberndorfer, 2006 and references therein). We prove this conclusion to be robust. Profitability measured by EBITDA (earnings before interests, tax, debt and amortization) obviously depends on the amount of allowances allocated for free. It turns out that it is also highly sensitive to most assumptions. However, given the amount allocated by National Allocation Plans in the first period of the ETS (2005 – 2007) and expected in second period NAPs, we show that EBITDA of EU steel makers is likely to rise. Furthermore, even if fewer allowances are allocated for free in the future, EBITDA loss would be modest: allocating for free 50% of BaU emissions would at worst entail a 3% drop in EBITDA, well in the range of inter-annual variations ( OECD, 2005 ). Hence the competitiveness issue should not prevent hardening the environmental stringency of the ETS in the second period. Moreover in the steel sector a large part of the allowances may be auctioned without threatening the profitability of regulated firms. Furthermore, if Member States reject updating, a much lower amount of allowances has to be given for free to maintain profitability. More generally, updating rules chosen by Member States matter. First, emissions-based updating should be avoided because it creates perverse investment incentives ( Neuhoff et al., 2006 ). Second, compared to no updating, output-based updating hasopposite effects on the two sides of competitiveness: it softens production losses, but reduces the likely EBITDA gains. Moreover, it reduces CO 2 leakage but may increase the overall compliance cost. Our systematic sensitivity analysis allows us to identify the important assumptions for every output variable. Concerning competitiveness, it is only the MAC curve that appears to be insignificant. The demand and trade elasticities assumptions play a more important role in the first aspect of competitiveness, production, compared with pass-through values and updating rules. The latter two are more crucial concerning profitability. As regards environmental efficiency, trade elasticity is of the utmost importance. The role of our first three assumptions (MAC curve, price elasticity of demand and of trade) is well understood by applied modellers. Conversely, the pass-through rates are most often implicit and their implication for competitiveness scarcely debated. However, we argue, their inclusion turns out to be of major importance. Similarly, updating is seldom addressed: modellers typically assume a lump-sum allocation; an assumption in itself which is highly debatable. Inclusion of this assumption has drastic consequences for the competitiveness results of the models. Thus, the pass-through rates and updating rules, although most often implicit and not debated in existing analyses, are of major importance. This calls for further empirical estimates of pass- through as well as further investigation on updating rules in all Member States NAPs and business expectations on these rules.