The Excise Duty on Natural Gas when used as Feedstock
Natural gas is the fastest growing form of primary energy worldwide, given its advantages compared to other forms of energy and its pivotal contribution to the direction of sustainable development. It is an essential element for the promotion of the European Energy Policy and at the same time, the bridge for the transition from conventional to renewable energy forms. Additionally natural gas is the most efficient and sustainable raw material for ammonia/ fertilizers production.
A considerable positive effect on GDP growth derives from the particular abolishment of the excise duty on natural gas when used as feedstock. The precise increase attributable to the growth in domestic demand is projected to eventually result in a GDP rise of € 754 million. An additional positive feature of the complete abolition in natural gas would be towards the impact on employment, which is estimated to increase by a total number of 12.500 jobs. In conclusion, nowadays that industrial production seems to progressively recover, the aim should be towards promoting and encouraging production, rather than burden it with taxes and levies that cannot be covered anymore.