LONDON European steel
association Eurofer has criticized a European Commission green
paper calling for a 40-percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions
from 1990 levels by 2030, arguing that such a target would make
the European steel industry uncompetitive.
The commission released its 2030
Framework for Climate and Energy Policies for a 10-week public
comment period March 27.
"It is exactly because of a
complete lack of economically viable technologies that our
sector cannot meet such a target," Eurofer director-general
Gordon Moffat said. "The commission should be aware of this,
since its own joint research center has confirmed this in its
recent study on carbon dioxide emissions in the European steel
Eurofer said the European
Commission should have addressed the connection between climate
policies and rising energy prices.
"Our industry needs full
compensation for indirect costs caused by ever-more ambitious
emissions targets (if it is) to stay globally competitive,"
Moffat said. Eurofer also called for the industry to be
compensated for costs related to the promotion of renewable
sources and related grid costs.
However, the association
welcomed the commissions openness to the possibility of
exploiting shale gas reserves.
The European Commission will
accept public responses to the framework policies through June
2 and plans to offer "more concrete proposals" in late
A version of this article
was first published by AMM sister publication Steel