The Composition and Drivers of Energy Prices and Costs in Energy-Intensive Industries: The Case of Ceramics, Glass and Chemicals

CEPS Special Report No. 85/March 2014

212 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014

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Christian Egenhofer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Lorna Schrefler

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Vasileios Rizos

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Andrei Marcu

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Fabio Genoese

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Andrea Renda

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); College of Europe

Julian Wieczorkiewicz

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Susanna Roth

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Federico Infelise

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Giacomo Luchetta

LUISS School of Government

Lorenzo Colantoni

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Wijnand Stoefs

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Jacopo Timini

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Banco de España; Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Felice Simonelli

CEPS

Date Written: March 27, 2014

Abstract

In May 2013, the European Commission received a mandate from the European Council to “to present an analysis of the composition and drivers of energy prices and costs in Member States, with a particular focus on the impact on households, SMEs and energy intensive industries, and looking more widely at the EU's competitiveness vis-à-vis its global economic counterparts”.

Following such mandate and in view of the preparation by the Commission of a Communication and a Staff Working Document, DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned CEPS to carry out a set of studies aimed at providing well-grounded evidence about the evolution and composition of energy prices and costs at plant level within individual industry sectors. A team of CEPS researchers conducted the research, led by Christian Egenhofer and Lorna Schrefler. Vasileios Rizos served as Project Coordinator. Other CEPS researchers contributing to the project included: Fabio Genoese, Andrea Renda, Andrei Marcu, Julian Wieczorkiewicz, Susanna Roth, Federico Infelise, Giacomo Luchetta, Lorenzo Colantoni, Wijnand Stoefs, Jacopo Timini and Felice Simonelli.

In addition to an introductory report entitled “About the Study and Cross-Sectoral Analysis”, CEPS prepared five sectoral case studies: two on ceramics (wall and floor tiles and bricks and roof tiles), two on chemicals (ammonia and chlorine) and one on flat glass. Each of these six studies has been consolidated in this single volume for free downloading on the CEPS website.

The specific objective was to complement information already available at macro level with a bottom-up perspective on the operating conditions that industry stakeholders need to deal with, in terms of energy prices and costs. The approach chosen was based on case studies for a selected set (sub-)sectors amongst energy-intensive industries. A standard questionnaire was circulated and respondents were sampled according to specified criteria. Data and information collected were finally presented in a structured format in order to guarantee comparability of results between the different (sub-)sectors analysed.

Keywords: energy prices, energy costs, energy-intensive industries, ceramics, glass, chemicals

Suggested Citation

Egenhofer, Christian and Schrefler, Lorna and Rizos, Vasileios and Marcu, Andrei and Genoese, Fabio and Renda, Andrea and Wieczorkiewicz, Julian and Roth, Susanna and Infelise, Federico and Luchetta, Giacomo and Colantoni, Lorenzo and Stoefs, Wijnand and Timini, Jacopo and Simonelli, Felice, The Composition and Drivers of Energy Prices and Costs in Energy-Intensive Industries: The Case of Ceramics, Glass and Chemicals (March 27, 2014). CEPS Special Report No. 85/March 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422278

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Lorna Schrefler

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Vasileios Rizos

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Andrei Marcu

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Fabio Genoese

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Susanna Roth

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Federico Infelise

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Lorenzo Colantoni

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Wijnand Stoefs

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Jacopo Timini

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