The EUROFER Conference “Advancing Europe’s Net-Zero Industry: How the race for fossil-free competitive energy will reshape manufacturing value-chains” focuses on energy and industrial policy strategy as the drivers of the green transition in the European Union. The event brings together CEOs and representatives from the steel industry, low carbon energy providers, and high-ranking EU and national officials in charge of energy, climate change and industrial policies for an exchange on key trends and policy developments at EU and international level in the race for Clean Tech value chains.
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Wind, solar, hydrogen, electric vehicles, next-generation constructions – these are the technologies that will drive the EU towards net zero and they are all built on steel.
Steel is quite simply a critical input for clean tech infrastructure, which makes the EU steel sector essential to the decarbonisation of the European economy. The industry is also delivering on decarbonisation across its manufacturing base – with over 60 green steel projects underway designed to slash emissions.
All of these efforts require joined-up thinking and, most of all, access to fossil-free energy for industry. With the US Inflation Reduction Act as one potential model, Europe must urgently develop a balanced industrial policy that secures long-term access to sustainable, reliable, low-carbon energy to industrial users such as steel that play a driving role to reach net zero.
First announced by Commission President von der Leyen as a part of the Green Deal Industrial Plan, the Net Zero Industry Act embodies the EU’s attempt to scale up manufacturing of clean technologies in the EU while ensuring its strategic autonomy. However, in the current global race for fossil-free energy, Europe has rather overlooked a value chain approach as a key enabler for achieving climate neutrality. Legislative files such as the Gas & Hydrogen Package or the Electricity Market Design directive are cornerstone pieces that could significantly advance the EU’s green transition.
At this event, EUROFER will host a debate on these pressing issues with CEOs and business leaders from across the renewable energy value chain, including steel, wind and electrolysers, as well as senior EU and national officials charged with accelerating Europe’s green transition.
Panellists will exchange views on:
More speakers to be announced soon
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
14:30-16:00 Conference (in-person & online)
16:00-17:30 Get-together & bubbles (in-person)
The EUROFER Conference on Advancing Europe’s Net-zero Industry will take place in Brussels, at Sofitel Brussels Europe.
For those unable to attend in person, a livestreaming upon registration will be provided with the support of our media partner EURACTIV.
In-person participants will receive a confirmation email for physical attendance from EUROFER. Online participants will receive the conference link and connection details from EURACTIV.
The Conference is a unique opportunity to exchange views with CEOs and high level representatives of steel companies, EU institutions, Permanent Representations and other stakeholders, including journalists, think thanks, academia, NGOs, trade unions, and industry representatives in particular from renewables, energy, clean tech and steel value chain sectors.
14:00-14:30 – Registrations (only for in-person participants)
14:30-16:00 – Conference (in person and online)
16:00-17:30 – Get-together & bubbles (only for in-person participants)
Places for in-person participation are limited and will be attributed on a first-come first-served basis. Please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! You will get a confirmation email with the details of your participation. Registrations for physical attendance will close on 26 May, while registrations for online attendance will be open until 31 May. This event is free for all participants.
For those unable to attend in person, a livestreaming upon registration will be provided with the support of our media partner EURACTIV. Online participants will receive the conference link and connection details from EURACTIV.