The European steel industry is the most advanced of its kind in the world. As it is, Europe leads the way in environmental and climate performance. CO2 emissions and energy use in European steel production have been halved since 1960, and the sector has the ambition to further achieve cuts of between 80-95% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.
This transition will require significant investment in new technological development and deployment, in energy infrastructure, consumption and type, and will require access to high quality materials, such as iron ore and scrap.
EUROFER has established a clear set of pathway scenarios that will deliver this essential change for the sector, ensuring that Europe will remain on track to fulfil its Paris Climate Accords requirements, whilst also making European steel fit for a clean, low-carbon future.
To reach the emissions reduction targets, it is important to act now. Given the asset-intensity of the steel industry, the implementation of low-carbon technologies (including engineering, permitting, construction) is time-intensive. Investment decisions taken today will only take effect in 10 or more years.
The steel sector is willing to undergo the required transformation, but this cannot be done in isolation. Instead, it should be done in cooperation with governments, the energy sector and other industries. The deep transformation of the steel sector requires concerted effort and support.
Brussels, 07 December 2023 – The inclusion of transformative industrial technologies for the decarbonisation of energy-intensive sectors, such as steel, in the list of net-zero technologies in the general approach adopted by the Council on the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA), sends a positive signal at a crucial time when governments are deliberating urgent measures to protect the climate at COP28 in Dubai. Parliament and Council should now seize the opportunity to reach an ambitious agreement to promote EU-made green products in public auctions of net-zero technologies and to drive Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) in Europe. Promoting lead markets and CCUS are essential tools for sustaining the transition to low-carbon steelmaking, says the European Steel Association.
Brussels, 06 May 2021 – The European Steel Association (EUROFER) welcomes the release of the EU’s updated industrial policy strategy, and the inclusion of a specific analysis on steel. It shows the EU’s support for sectors, such as steel, that are strategic to the European economy and that are pushing to rally and decarbonise in the post-COVID era, but that are dependent on an enabling framework preventing carbon leakage.
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