Ambitious global targets are required at the World Climate Summit in Paris

On 2 December 2015, Gert Jan de Geus, CEO of OCI Nitrogen, addressed a press conference organised by the European International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC) in Paris. IFIEC Europe represents energy-intensive industry in Europe. The aim of that meeting was to emphasise the importance of global agreements for that sector.

IFIEC Europe wants more global agreements to be concluded at the World Climate Summit to combat climate change. "The Conference of Parties (COP21) provides an opportunity to create a more level playing field globally in climate policy. This offers energy-intensive industry better prospects within Europe", according to Annette Loske, chair of IFIEC Europe. "European industry is a provider of solutions to combat global warming and wishes to remain a leading-edge partner. This global challenge can be tackled only by means major investments and innovative technological solutions in a healthy competitive industry."

Gert Jan de Geus, CEO of OCI Nitrogen, endorses this position entirely. He is concerned that agreements will be reached in Paris for a more rapid reduction of carbon emissions in western countries than in the rest of the world. "It would be absurd if the rules were to be changed in such a way that it would be more favourable to import ammonia from areas where it is produced less efficiently. That would be worse for the environment, climate and the economy. Global agreements are required to tackle carbon emissions. We must target models that encourage efficient production and punish less efficient industry."

He cites several examples in which OCI Nitrogen is investing and is leading in the reduction of fine particle and CO2 emissions, such as the development of fertilizer coolers and KAS (fertilizer) with a low carbon footprint. "Energy prices in Europe are considerably higher than in other parts of the world. In our case, natural gas is a raw material and viable good alternatives have yet to be found. However, we do encourage more efficient production methods, such as hydrogen from electricity, but this is possible only on a small scale at present."

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