EUROFER Engage | Webinar - The Circular Economy Action Plan: from Proposal to Reality

A look at the circular economy and the European steel industry.

EUROFER Engage | Webinar - The Circular Economy Action Plan: from Proposal to Reality

A look at the circular economy and the European steel industry.

EUROFER's Engage | Webinar - The Circular Economy Action Plan: from Proposal to Reality will take place on 3 February from 10:30 till 11:45.

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About the webinar

The Circular Economy Action Plan: from Proposal to Reality

In 2020, the EU published a Circular Economy Action Plan. This Action Plan is an important step in developing a truly circular economy in Europe.

This webinar will explore the latest policy changes the EU is planning, and what they mean for the sustainability of products policy, resource efficiency and the EU’s climate change objectives.

As the EU’s circular action plan takes shape, it is more important than ever to identify the right policies to ensure that the right materials are used for the right applications, that they can be recovered, recycled and remanufactured, and that the absolute minimum of waste is produced from the cycle.

EUROFER’s views on how steel can support the circular economy will also be presented – arguing that steel is an excellent example of the circular economy in practice. 

When & where?

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 3 February 2020 from 10:30-11:45 online, via Zoom. Registered participants will receive the link.

Who is invited?

The seminar is open to anyone interested in finding out about EU circular economy policy and the place of the European steel industry in the circular economy.


Times are indicative only

10:30 | Presentation

                     The EU Circular Economy Action Plan, and the example of steel

  • Aurelio Braconi, Senior Manager of Raw Materials and Circular Economy, EUROFER (confirmed)

10:40 | Panel discussion and Q&A

Moderation by Jacki Davis

                     Building a real circular economy in Europe

  • María Rincón Liévana, Team Leader - Circular Economy, Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, DG Environment (confirmed)
  • Stéphane Arditi, Director of Policy Integration and Circular Economy, European Environmental Bureau (confirmed)
  • Eva Blixt, Research Manager, Jernkontoret (confirmed)
  • Axel Eggert, Director General, EUROFER (confirmed)

11:45 | End of discussion

EUROFER Engage | Webinar - The Circular Economy Action Plan: from Proposal to Reality starts in:

Date and time

Thursday, 28 October 2021, starting at 11:00

Where will the webinar take place?

The webinar will take place online via Zoom. The link will be sent to registered participants in the days before the event takes place.

Who is the webinar for?

The webinar is open to anyone interested in the state of the steel market.


  • Alessandro Sciamarelli, Director of Market Analysis and Economic Studies, EUROFER
  • Karl Tachelet, Director of International Relations and External Affairs, EUROFER

The event is free

This event is free to attend for all participants.

A permanent material at the heart of the circular economy

Steel is 100% recyclable – a permanent material that underpins the economy, but also contributes to environmental goals by reducing the use of virgin raw materials and CO2 emissions.

Steel production, use and recycling naturally follows a circular pattern, with steel products returning to the cycle once their service life has ended.

The large volumes of steel produced in Europe every year – 160 million tonnes – are made with large amounts of scrap steel. 56% of EU steel is made from scrap, with around 100 million tonnes of scrap steel recycled every year.

Steel is the world's most important engineering and construction material. It is used in every aspect of our lives; in cars and construction products, refrigerators and washing machines, cargo ships and medical equipment. 85% of a wind turbine is made of steel. The defence industry depends on steel.

Steel is not a single product. There are more than 3,500 different grades of steel with many different physical, chemical, and environmental properties.

Approximately 75% of modern steels have been developed in the past 20 years. If the Eiffel Tower were to be rebuilt today, the new steel types would mean it could be built with one-third of the steel that was originally used. Modern cars are built with new steels that are stronger and up to 35% lighter than in the past.

Steel is a permanent material, the foundation of the circular economy. Steel can be recycled over and over again without loss of properties. It is the most recycled material in the world, more than all other materials combined, with a global recycling rate estimated at between 70% and 90% (EU approx. 88%). An estimated 630 million tonnes of steel scrap are recycled globally every year, saving approximately 950 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

This webinar will look at what steel is doing to support the circular economy and at the wider implications of EU circular economy policies.

Published: 12 January 2021. Most recent update: 02 March 2021.

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