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.
First quarter 2023 report. Data up to, and including, third quarter 2022
Brussels, 02 February 2023 – All downside factors that have materialised in the first half of last year have persisted, continuing to impact the European steel market. Apparent steel consumption is forecast to see a deeper-than-expected drop of -4.6% for 2022 (previously set at -3.5%). The outlook for 2023 also remains negative (-1.6%), paving the way for the fourth steel demand recession in five years. A modest recovery will be in sight in 2024 (+1.6%), though subject to high uncertainty. Despite a more general resilience of the EU economy, in the third quarter of 2022 apparent steel consumption reached its lowest level after the pandemic.