The Commission's 'A Clean Planet for All' Communication offers the basis for a thorough debate around the legislative framework that is necessary for a successful transformation of the EU economy towards climate neutrality.
European steel companies are already developing major emission reduction technologies and are willing to continue to accelerate this work in order to fulfil this objective. Such a major transformation of the sector will require significant investment in the new technologies while the sector needs to remain competitive throughout the entire transition and beyond. Furthermore, external factors not directly controlled by the sector (most importantly, access to competitive low carbon energy/electricity and feedstock) will play a crucial role.
Therefore, we need – as soon as possible – a comprehensive policy framework that preserves the competitiveness of the sector and creates the conditions for fostering the necessary investment.
Brussels, 15 September 2021 – In her second State of the Union address, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen set out the Green Deal as a major achievement and a cornerstone for the future of the EU. The steel industry is a world leader in decarbonisation and innovation, and has the ambition of reducing its emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. But it will be successful only if the Fit for 55 Package puts the right conditions and incentives in place.
How to facilitate a viable business model to start commercial scale production of low-carbon steel before 2030.
The Alliance of Energy-Intensive Industries, welcomes that the European Commission has decided to launch the debate on how competition policy can support the European Green Deal.