CO2 targets a risk to EU mineral ferts self-sufficiency – trade group

22 August 2012 16:15  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Europe must be cautious of losing its self-sufficiency in mineral fertilizer production because of pressures being placed on its chemical industry to cut carbon emissions, the vice-president of trade association Fertilizers Europe said on Wednesday.

The impact on Europe's food security from the loss of a substantial proportion of European fertilizer production capacity would be a price too high to pay, added Pawel Jarczewski, who is also the CEO of largest Polish nitrogen fertilizer producer, Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP).

Jarczewski is to give a presentation on the issue at a European Commission conference in Budapest, Hungary - Productivity and Profitability of the European Agricultural Sector - on 1 October,  that will look at questions such as how Europe can ensure a sustainable intensification of agriculture.

“During the conference, I'm going to demonstrate the role and the impact on food security of the European fertilizer industry and what would happen if as a result of further reducing CO2 emissions Europe lost its self-sufficiency in the production of mineral fertilizers,” said Jarczewski.

Jarczewski, who has been a prominent supporter of the Polish government's opposition to the EU’s plan to tighten the allocation of free carbon emission permits to industry, will speak at a conference workshop involving COPA COGECA, the largest European representative organisation of farmers and agri-cooperatives.

By: Will Conroy
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