EUROFER welcomes the legislative proposal to mobilise investments in the EU in view of achieving the Paris Agreement and Europe’s 2030 & 2050 climate goals. Achieving these goals will require massive transformative investments for development, demonstration and scaling up of new technologies in a relatively short period of time. Therefore, the proposed EU taxonomy should not hinder innovation and the transition of the European steel industry to climate neutral and circular economy. The issue of up-scaling projects to industrial scale needs to be at the center of ongoing policy discussions, including access to finance, awareness of risks and benefits, long-term
predictable policy frameworks, etc.
By 2050, the steel industry hopes to have shifted from high dependence on fossil energy and raw materials to become a low-carbon energy-based sector integrally part of the circular economy. The aim is, by this time, to emit at least 80% less CO2 compared to 1990 levels. Europe will be a leading provider of low-carbon products, services and technologies worldwide - access to investment will
be key to making this successful.
EUROFER holds bi-annual seminars on the state of the EU steel market. This event will be held ahead of the release of EUROFER's quarterly economic and market outlook. This quarter's edition will be online only due to COVID restrictions.
The European Commission published, on 21 September 2020, its revision of the EU ETS State Aid guidelines for the compensation of indirect carbon costs for the period 2021-2030.
The EU's Joint Research Centre has just published a detailed report on production costs for iron and steel in the EU and third countries, exploring the various production factors that make up the competitiveness of these sectors.