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By Michael Grubb

Complying with the imminent tightening of CO2 emission allocations within the european might suggest great debts for the industries affected. during this certain factor of weather coverage magazine, best specialists learn the affects on competitiveness and the economic incentives to be had from the CO2 allowance allocations lower than the methodologies, and even if - and if this is the case at what level - the ETS itself may have to be amended. The examine is multidisciplinary, combining monetary, felony and coverage research with particular reports of affects on electrical energy, cement and different business sectors and the allocation matters. It brings jointly the result of examine carried out over the last 12 months from a number of examine centres and consultancies in Europe, and specifically, paintings commissioned via the Carbon belief and weather thoughts community. via those, it provides the main entire and certain set of analyses but carried out of the affects of allocation on competitiveness - probably the most serious matters for the sectors affected and for the operation of the ETS.

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During a certain load period, the competitive electricity price is only affected by the price increase of the marginal production unit. This can be illustrated by a marginal cost (price) duration curve, as presented in Figure 1.

Raising product prices increases profits but leads over time to loss of market share. Generally, shareholders have a shorter time horizon than the investment cycle of firms, and thus the assertion that firms maximize profits (in a given period of analysis, such as 5 or 10 years) is based upon the implicit set of assumptions that (1) shareholders seek profit maximization; (2) management aims to best achieve shareholder objectives; and (3) management is able to achieve its aims. All three assumptions have been questioned, as discussed below.

Source: Oxera. Figure 3. Decomposition of effect on EBITDA for newsprint. allowances or higher prices, and the relative offsetting of this position by demand changes and abatement cost savings. pmd Climate Policy 6 (2006) 31–48 45 7/19/2006, 1:44 PM 46 Robin Smale, Murray Hartley, Cameron Hepburn, John Ward and Michael Grubb Source: Oxera. Figure 4. Decomposition of effect on EBITDA for petroleum. Source: Oxera Figure 5. Decomposition of effect on EBITDA for aluminium. pmd 46 © 2006 Earthscan 7/19/2006, 1:44 PM The impact of CO2 emissions trading on firm profits and market prices 47 9.

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