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Refinery emissions from a competitive perspective
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ECN Policy Studies 12-3-2015
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ECN-L--15-011 Presentation
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Presented at: Event organized by VNPI and CIEP, Landgoed Clingendael in The Hague, Netherlands, 10 March 2015.

In this presentation, the resulting effects of potential stringent future emissions legislation on the economics and competitive position of the Dutch refining industry are shown. On assignment of the Netherlands Petroleum Industry Assocation (VNPI), ECN and Wood Mackenzie analyzed this effect using scenario analysis to assess the cost burden of potential stringent measures and put the results in European and global context.

Although the Dutch refining sector is currently a front-runner with respect to environmental performance, stringent environmental measures have been identified that will lead to further emission reductions. The cost burden associated with these stringent measures will have a marked impact on the competitiveness of the Dutch refining sector, resulting in lower aggregated refining gross and net margins, and a decrease in the industry’s ‘added value’ for the Netherlands. This may ultimately reduce the attractiveness of operating or investing within the sector and may increase the risk of refinery closure.

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