19 March 2013 15:36 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--German chemical and industrial firms on Tuesday cautioned the country's leaders not to impose additional energy costs on producers.
Chemical producers’ group VCI, alongside trade groups representing energy-intensive industries such as steel and glass, issued the warning in a joint statement ahead of this week’s German energy summit between federal and state governments.
VCI general manager Utz Tillmann pointed in particular to a recent proposal by ?xml:namespace>
“Any additional cost burden on energy-intensive producers will put investments [in Germany] into question,” given that many industrial producers in Europe and elsewhere benefit from significantly lower energy prices than producers based in
“We want to keep production in
In order to do so and stay internationally competitive, chemical and other producers needed to have access to reliable, clean and affordable energy, he added.
Hans Jurgen Kerkhoff, spokesman for
“Our politicians must take urgent action to finally correct this colossal mismatch,” Kerkhoff said.
Under German regulations, electricity consumers pay a surcharge, known as “EEG-Umlage”, to subsidise renewable. G
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