The European industry keeps facing high energy prices that affects its cost-competitiveness towards main competitors in third countries. The issue of high energy costs, in particular for energy-intensive industries exposed to global competition such as steel, must be addressed through a coherent EU energy and climate policy that ensures affordable energy prices, industrial competitiveness on the EU’s internal market as well as on international markets, security of supply and reliable achievement of the EU climate and environmental objectives.
The regulatory framework shall address and minimize the impact of regulatory costs related to decarbonisation and the promotion of energy efficiency on the competitiveness of energy intensive-industries and promote innovative low carbon solutions that can contribute to the energy and climate targets, taking exposure to international competition fully into account.
Due to the high share of energy costs in total production costs, energy efficiency is a key element for preserving the competitiveness of European steel companies. This is why they operate processes very close to the thermodynamical limits in terms of energy consumption. Deeper emissions reductions are only possible with the deployment and roll out of breakthrough technologies that require, among others, access to abundant and competitive low carbon energy sources, including hydrogen and electricity.
Late April and early May 2021 have seen record rises in the price of EU emission Allowances (EUAs), reaching €50 per tonne of CO2.
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.
Second quarter 2021 report. Data up to, and including, fourth quarter 2020.