Steel plays a vital role as an enabler for transitioning to a CO2 neutral and circular economy. The fact that steel maintains its inherent properties, through multiple recycling loops, means it remains permanently available to the society. However, there are still some aspects of policy that fail to recognise and limit our contribution to a more circular economy. The main issues and proposed solutions are summarised below and further detailed in the attached paper sent to the open feedback consultation by the EU Commission.
These are the main areas covered in this position paper:
Brussels, 17 May 2022 – The European steel industry calls upon the plenary of European Parliament to fix the disruptive vote on the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) cast by its Environment Committee. Today’s outcome endangers €31 billion investments needed for deploying the 60 low carbon projects the European steel industry has in the pipeline, as well as €45 billion in exports value and 30,000 jobs.
It is essential that the implementation of the Fit for 55 Package delivers the agreed 2030 climate targets while supporting companies’ investments, preserving effective carbon leakage measures and avoiding disproportionate costs, capacity closures and job losses.
Brussels, 11 May 2022 – The current Waste Shipment Regulation proposal lacks effective measures to tackle environmental challenges of waste exports and to enhance EU resiliency on valuable secondary raw materials, risking to undermine the EU’s Circular Economy and Green Deal objectives, warns the European Steel Association (EUROFER) on the occasion of the presentation of the draft report by the Environment Committee at the European Parliament.