The deployment of large volumes of renewables represents a key challenge for the management of the grid and needs to be balanced also with the objective of providing competitive and secure energy. In this sense, it is important to accelerate the integration of renewables in the market in
order to foster cost-effective solutions. The regulatory framework shall address and minimize the impact of regulatory costs related to decarbonisation and the promotion of renewables 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, EU steel companies operate processes very close to the thermodynamical limits of the current technologies. Deeper emissions reductions are only possible with the deployment and roll out of breakthrough technologies (including steel recycling, carbon capture utilisation and storage, process integration, and electricity/hydrogen-based metallurgy) that require, among others, access to abundant and competitive low carbon energy sources, including hydrogen and electricity. The application of these technologies at industrial scale will contribute to creating new business models where energy carriers will play a key role (e.g. cooperation between the steel and chemical sector to convert carbon reach gases into fuels or feedstocks and/or to replace carbon with hydrogen as reducing agent in steelmaking).
Therefore, it is essential that all low carbon energy sources that can contribute to emissions reductions are promoted according to the technology neutrality principle and regardless of their specific use (i.e. as energy carrier or as reducing agent).
Brussels, 2 December 2022 – EUROFER welcomes the WTO Panel report ruling against Indonesia’s ban on the export of nickel ore. These measures have been artificially distorting the global market for nickel ore and fuelling the new export-oriented stainless steel production in Indonesia, whilst harming the EU stainless sector.
Brussels, 01 December 2022 - The changes brought to the Waste Shipment Regulation are a welcome step in the right direction to ensure that environmental and social standards equivalent to the EU’s are met when waste is exported to third countries. However, significant issues remain largely unaddressed with room for further improvement, in particular by strengthening monitoring for OECD countries and by pre-empting circumvention which risks to weaken the effectiveness of the new measures, says the European Steel Association (EUROFER) following the vote of the Environment Committee (ENVI) at the European Parliament.
Brussels, 17 November 2022 – The Board of the European Steel Association (EUROFER) has elected Francesc Rubiralta Rubio as President of the organisation. He follows Geert Van Poelvoorde, who has led EUROFER since 2015.