EU Industry Days see EUROFER and ESTEP highlight steel’s ambition to shape a competitive, low-carbon future

Brussels 22 February 2018 – The European Steel Association (EUROFER) and the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) are today hosting a workshop at the second EU Industry Day, organised by the European Commission.

The joint EUROFER-ESTEP workshop, European steel industry: Main pathways towards the smart, low-carbon industry of the future, brings together leading experts in the field of steelmaking CO2 reduction.

Ahead of the workshop, Axel Eggert, Director General of EUROFER said, “The European steel industry is already a world leader in environmental and climate performance. CO2 emissions per tonne of crude steel have been halved since the 1960s and have been decoupled from energy consumption.”

“We are working with other industrial sectors to achieve further progress towards the smart, low-carbon industry of the future”, added Mr Eggert. “However, there is a lot more that could be achieved. European steel has the potential for further CO2 reductions of between 50-95%, under the right conditions”.

Speakers at the workshop will look, in particular, at the Carbon Direct Avoidance (CDA) and Smart Carbon Usage (SCU) pathways highlighted by EUROFER. These pathways are the two main approaches to low-carbon steelmaking, with the presenters also examining the overarching role of the circular economy.

EUROFER and ESTEP's work on these main pathways is an ongoing exercise supported by the whole European steel industry. The organisations aim to demonstrate how the transformation of the EU into a competitive, low-carbon economy could be advanced. Meeting the objectives of the Paris agreement – whilst maintaining production capacity and technical leadership in Europe – is the greatest long-term challenge the steel industry faces.

The steel industry's sought for ‘Joint Initiative’ on steel – which is what has motivated EUROFER and ESTEP to host this workshop – will create new jobs, reinforce the skills base of European workers, and improve the sustainability and digitation levels of all related industrial sectors.




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About the European Steel Association (EUROFER)

EUROFER AISBL is located in Brussels and was founded in 1976. It represents the entirety of steel production in the European Union. EUROFER members are steel companies and national steel federations throughout the EU. The major steel companies and national steel federations in Switzerland and Turkey are associate members.

About the European steel industry

The European steel industry is a world leader in innovation and environmental sustainability. It has a turnover of around €170 billion and directly employs 320,000 highly-skilled people, producing on average 160 million tonnes of steel per year. More than 500 steel production sites across 22 EU Member States provide direct and indirect employment to millions more European citizens. Closely integrated with Europe’s manufacturing and construction industries, steel is the backbone for development, growth and employment in Europe.

Steel is the most versatile industrial material in the world. The thousands of different grades and types of steel developed by the industry make the modern world possible. Steel is 100% recyclable and therefore is a fundamental part of the circular economy. As a basic engineering material, steel is also an essential factor in the development and deployment of innovative, CO2-mitigating technologies, improving resource efficiency and fostering sustainable development in Europe.



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