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Environmentally sustainable taxonomy eligibility criteria
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The steel industry has been invited to participate in the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on sustainable finance, and has provided comments on the second round consultation. As yet these comments have not been considered in the latest draft, and so this paper sets out in further detail the concerns of the steel industry and workable proposals to improve the taxonomy.
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Brussels, 03 May 2023 – The year 2022 came to a close with a sharper-than-anticipated recession in apparent steel consumption (-7.2%) as steel demand shrank significantly, due to the energy crisis and the impact of the war in Ukraine. Although the worst seems to be over after the fourth quarter of 2022, apparent steel consumption is still projected to be negative (-1%) in 2023, before rebounding in 2024 (+5.4%). However, high uncertainty continues to cast a shadow on the outlook for 2023, which remains bleak. Although steel imports have decreased in tandem with demand, their market share is still historically high (23.4%).
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