The European steel industry, represented by EUROFER, is progressively transitioning towards ‘greener’ solutions and plays a crucial role in moving towards a carbon neutral economy. The sector is considered a transitional activity for the objective of Taxonomy climate change mitigation. Transitional activities are those economic activities for which there is currently no technologically and economically feasible low carbon alternative, but that are taking actions for transitioning towards a climate neutral economy.
In order to reach the EU’s ambitious reduction target for 2030 and climate neutrality in 2050, novel technologies need to be demonstrated and scaled-up, which will require large and significant CAPEX investments, as well as increased OPEX for production in Europe. Given the magnitude of such investments, the EU taxonomy system must be developed to meet the scientifically based targets under 2030 and 2050, while at the same time allowing financing for activities contributing and transitioning to the EU climate and environmental goals, such as steel manufacturing.
Furthermore, taxonomy, its delegated acts and the relating reporting obligations should take into account the complexity of the steel sector: as a matter of fact, this is the only industrial sector for which the Delegated Act on climate mitigation and adaptation includes several technical screening criteria to comply with, covering different sub-activities and phases of the steel making process. This implies that the steel “activity” will need to be assessed against each and one of these criteria. It is therefore crucial that the reporting obligations set in accordance with Art. 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation are clear, legally certain, and that additional economic and administrative burdens for undertakings are prevented or limited.
With this in mind and in the light of the ongoing work of the European Commission on the Art. 8 Delegated Act, EUROFER wishes to submit its comments and suggestions on the proposed provisions, with the hope that these comments will contribute to current discussions.
Brussels, 15 September 2021 – In her second State of the Union address, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen set out the Green Deal as a major achievement and a cornerstone for the future of the EU. The steel industry is a world leader in decarbonisation and innovation, and has the ambition of reducing its emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. But it will be successful only if the Fit for 55 Package puts the right conditions and incentives in place.
Neutrality towards technology choices, acknowledgment of transition timing and framework conditions needed as well as consistency with EU climate legislation are key factors for success, EUROFER webinar points out
Brussels, 16 August 2021 – EU28 apparent steel consumption increased (+3.6%) year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2020, that was the first quarterly growth since the fourth quarter of 2019, and so it did in the first quarter of 2021 (+0.9%). Apparent steel consumption in the first quarter amounted to 36.3 million tonnes. These are further signs of recovery from the depths of the economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.