EUROFER | Engage

The newsletter of the European Steel Association

EUROFER | Engage

The newsletter of the European Steel Assocation (EUROFER)

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Note from the Director General

Fit for 55 package signals step-change in EU climate policy

The EU Climate Law - recently endorsed by the EU institutions – sets the ambition to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and to reach climate neutrality by 2050. This target makes the EU by far the most ambitious major region worldwide in the field of climate policy.

This specific target forms part of the wider European Green Deal, first presented by the Commission in December 2019. This set out a detailed vision to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, safeguard biodiversity, establish a circular economy and eliminate pollution, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected.

That political ambition is now to be made whole in a raft of legislation set to formally emerge on 14 July 2021 in the form of the Fit for 55 package, including: the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), revision of the Energy Tax Directive (ETD), amendments to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Directives, as well as others on the reduction of methane emissions from the power sector, greenhouse emissions from land use and rules on passenger cars and alternative fuels.

The Fit for 55 package is one of the most significant - and largest - groups of measures the EU has ever released in one go.

The European steel industry supports the objectives of the European Green Deal – and thus understands and supports the rationale behind the Great Leap of the Fit for 55 package – as long as it proves to be a strategy for growth: with effective carbon leakage protection, support for low carbon technologies (through de-risking instruments like carbon contracts for difference), demand-side measures to create markets for green steel, and affordable, low-carbon energy,.

Our sector already had the ambition to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2018 levels (which is the same as -55% compared to 1990). This reduction can only be achieved if the large number of advanced decarbonisation projects led by European steel companies – over 100 across Europe – are covered by a robust and supportive EU framework.

With the new, more ambitious EU climate target and increasing carbon price, it is ever more essential to prevent carbon leakage effectively.

EUROFER will be working hard to ensure that the best possible framework is created out of Fit for 55, ensuring that European steel can continue to be competitive during its transition to the green and sustainable future.

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Latest updates from the European Steel Association

Press release: ENVI vote threatens green steel transition and 30,000 jobs: EP plenary needs to fix it, warns EUROFER

Brussels, 17 May 2022 – The European steel industry calls upon the plenary of European Parliament to fix the disruptive vote on the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) cast by its Environment Committee. Today’s outcome endangers €31 billion investments needed for deploying the 60 low carbon projects the European steel industry has in the pipeline, as well as €45 billion in exports value and 30,000 jobs.
17 May 2022
“The Environment Committee missed the opportunity to develop an ambitious framework that would both allow deep cuts in CO2 emissions and secure manufacturing and jobs in Europe....

Position paper: Open statement by energy intensive industries ahead of ENVI Committee vote on ETS and CBAM

It is essential that the implementation of the Fit for 55 Package delivers the agreed 2030 climate targets while supporting companies’ investments, preserving effective carbon leakage measures and avoiding disproportionate costs, capacity closures and job losses.
16 May 2022
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Press release: Stop waste and scrap export to countries not meeting EU environmental and social standards, asks EUROFER

Brussels, 11 May 2022 – The current Waste Shipment Regulation proposal lacks effective measures to tackle environmental challenges of waste exports and to enhance EU resiliency on valuable secondary raw materials, risking to undermine the EU’s Circular Economy and Green Deal objectives, warns the European Steel Association (EUROFER) on the occasion of the presentation of the draft report by the Environment Committee at the European Parliament.
11 May 2022
“The current provisions on waste export are clearly insufficient and bound to become a missed opportunity for climate, industry, citizens and the EU as a whole”, said Axel Eggert, Director General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER)....

Economic and market outlook: Economic and steel market outlook 2022-2023, second quarter

Second quarter 2022 report. Data up to, and including, fourth quarter 2021
05 May 2022
The positive trend in apparent steel consumption as well as in steel demand seen over the first three quarters of 2021 continued also in the fourth quarter, albeit at a considerably slower pace, while 2022 is expected to be subject to significant disruptions and uncertainties....

Press release: High uncertainty slashes growth prospects for 2022, risk of new recession looms

The positive trend in steel demand and apparent steel consumption observed in the first three quarters of 2021 persisted in the fourth quarter, although at a slower pace. At the same time, throughout 2021 EU steel imports increased massively by 32%. However, soaring energy prices, ongoing disruptions in global supply chains and the shock due to the war in Ukraine are set to weigh heavily on the outlook for 2022, potentially resulting in the third contraction of steel consumption (-1.9%) over the past four years.
05 May 2022
“The evolution of the steel market for 2022 and 2023 remains subject to a high level of uncertainty, which is likely to continue to undermine demand from steel-using sectors”, said Axel Eggert, Director General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER)....
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