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Towards an EU Product Policy Framework contributing to the circular economy
The European steel industry welcomes the development of a coherent product policy framework that supports a circular economy and sustainability, giving full recognition to materials fit for circularity and supporting sustainable outcomes. We are at a critical stage in which EU product policy can be shaped to fully support the development of a more Circular Economy. It is therefore essential to have the right founding principles from the very beginning.
The use of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, when thoroughly peer-reviewed, should be widely supported as a means of quantifying the environmental impacts of products. For instance, a consistent LCA methodology is needed for preparing background studies, which are used to inform policy, such as in Ecodesign and Eco-label. As a voluntary assessment tool, the EC shall however, ensure a level playing field for environmental claims communicated by harmonising methodology.
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.