The European steel industry is the cleanest of its kind in the world, with a long and successful record of environmental innovation to ensure that its operations affect the environment as minimally as possible. This is an ongoing effort, one that the whole sector works to constantly improve on.
In EU usage, the term 'Industrial emissions' is not a reference to greenhouse gases like CO2. Rather, it describes other key pollutants - such as nitrogen and sulphur oxides, carbon monoxide and particulates.
The size and share of industrial emissions from industrial installations has been a long term concern, and there is a long history of legislation controlling it, all with the objective of reducing pollution. The European Union has had environmental pollutant legislation on the statute since at least the late 1970s.
This legislation is constantly updated in line with the evolving need to protect the environment. This is especially the case at EU level, with the following main pieces of legislation of essence for the European steel industry:
New global reality requires disruptive thinking and innovative measures
Brussels, 16 March 2023 – A successful EU industrial policy requires a value chain-based approach, with steel as an integral part of the Net-Zero Industry Act. To ensure that the EU remains competitive in the greatest transformation of the industry towards climate-neutrality, it is essential to adopt disruptive thinking and innovative measures to create a more attractive green investment environment whilst securing the EU’s strategic autonomy. The European Steel Association (EUROFER) details its comprehensive vision in a new policy paper covering all industrial policy fields relevant for a green, decarbonised and prospering European manufacturing industry, including energy and climate, environment and circularity, investment, trade, internal market and skills.
The Commission proposal for the revised Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) risks
slowing the green transition, hampering innovation and complicating permit processes