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The new circular economy roadmap – summary and priorities
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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:
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Brussels, 03 May 2023 – The year 2022 came to a close with a sharper-than-anticipated recession in apparent steel consumption (-7.2%) as steel demand shrank significantly, due to the energy crisis and the impact of the war in Ukraine. Although the worst seems to be over after the fourth quarter of 2022, apparent steel consumption is still projected to be negative (-1%) in 2023, before rebounding in 2024 (+5.4%). However, high uncertainty continues to cast a shadow on the outlook for 2023, which remains bleak. Although steel imports have decreased in tandem with demand, their market share is still historically high (23.4%).
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