European Steel in Figures 2022 is the fourteenth edition of the European Steel Association’s (EUROFER) statistical guide, which covers data up to 2021.
It is the first edition that takes fully into account the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU and its internal market. From now on, all aggregated data for the EU refer exclusively to EU27, and historical datasets have been adapted accordingly.
The numbers presented in the 2022 edition identify the main trends of the past year through data, and reflect both the new reality post Brexit and the consequences of the pandemic. In particular, they show the strong rebound experienced in the aftermath of restrictive COVID measures and the progressive slowdown of the recovery due to increasing supply chain disruptions, soaring energy prices and shortages of raw materials occurred in the second half of 2021.
We hope that our statistics will be of use for those working within and with the steel industry. We also hope that they can help guiding policymakers both at EU and national level in making the right choices when it comes to political decisions impacting the industry, such as climate, energy and trade policies.
We wish you a fruitful utilisation of European Steel in Figures 2022.
Brussels, 01 July 2022 – The upcoming negotiations on the EU Emissions Trading System and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism need to enable industry’s decarbonisation and make the green transition a true success story. EUROFER, which represents the EU steel industry providing 310,000 direct jobs and 2,5 million indirect jobs, calls upon the EU institutions to work for a balanced compromise in the final text. The Council, with the adoption of its position, made progress towards a smoother phase out of free allocations for industries in transition to carbon neutrality, but several issues still need to be fixed.
The Commission proposal for the revised Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) risks
slowing the green transition, hampering innovation and complicating permit processes
Brussels, 22 June 2022 – Despite some acknowledgment of industry’s challenges in addressing the green transition, the outcome of today’s plenary vote of the European Parliament will require further work in the next steps of the legislative process to align the provisions to the deployment of the EU steel industry’s ambitious low carbon projects. EUROFER reiterates its call to EU policy makers for an open, fact-based discussion, also in light of the evolving geopolitical and energetic context, in order to speed up decarbonisation and secure the EU’s strategic autonomy.