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Open letter from 76 CEOs of the European steel industry

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

 

 

To the Heads of State and governments of the European Union,

We, the undersigned CEOs of the European steel industry, are writing to you ahead of the final negotiations on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

We agree that climate change is a critical issue that urgently needs to be addressed at international level, and we fully support efforts to reduce CO2 emissions cost effectively across the whole EU economy.

In the weeks ahead, you will have the final opportunity to shape an EU ETS that better addresses these objectives while preserving Europe’s steel industry and the millions of employees it supports. You can avoid burdening the sector with high costs that will constrict investment, or that will increase the risk of job losses and plant closures in the EU.

The steel sector pulls its weight in lowering CO2 emissions. However, with technically unachievable steel benchmarks, the EU ETS legislation creates high carbon costs for even the best performing steel plants, despite the fact that the sector has been unambiguously recognised in the European Commission’s own Impact Assessment as being at very high risk of carbon leakage. In its current form, the EU ETS favours steel imports from third country competitors that do not have such costs and which have a far higher carbon footprint than steel made in the EU.

Were the EU ETS directive to be adopted without some of the improvements requested by the European Parliament there would be a shortage of emissions allowances for our industry of around 35% by 2030. There will be no spare allowances from previous years available to alleviate the impact of the post 2020 period in the steel industry. In addition, the sector would be even more exposed to the carbon cost pass-through in electricity prices. Other industry sectors under the EU ETS do not face these constraints to the same degree.

We therefore call upon you to help preserve the sustainability and global competitiveness of the European steel industry. Europe must be able to produce the innovative steels that underpin modern society - and that help reduce CO2 emissions.

It is essential that the improvements that have been agreed by the European Parliament on waste gases, auctioning share, cross sectoral-correction factor and indirect costs are also adopted by the Council. This will help to ensure reform that encourages climate protection and the fulfilment of the EU’s CO2 reduction commitments, while also limiting the impact upon the European steel industry’s competitiveness, ability to innovate and the jobs it supports.

Yours sincerely,

 

Aditya Mittal
CEO
ArcelorMittal Europe

Francesc Rubiralta Rubio
Chairman and CEO
CELSA Group

Antonio Gozzi
President
Federacciai

Martin Lindqvist
CEO
SSAB Svenskt Stahl AB

Claudio Riva
President
Riva Forni Elettrici

Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann
CEO
Salzgitter AG

Hans Fischer
CEO and CTO
Tata Steel Europe Ltd

Andreas J. Goss
CEO
thyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG

Herbert Eibensteiner
Head of the Steel Division and Member of the Management Board
voestalpine AG

Bernardo Velazquez Herreros
CEO
Acerinox SA

Carlos Álvarez
CEO
Aceros Inoxidables Olarra

Fred Metzken
CFO
AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke

Francisco Javier Sanchez
CEO
AG Siderurgica Balboa S.A.

Catherine Tissot-Colle
Présidente
Alliance des Minerais Minéraux et Métaux - A3M

Timoteo Di Maulo
CEO
Aperam

Cristian Gradinaru
CEO
ArcelorMittal Roman Tubular Products

Eduardo Samblas
CEO
ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Ostrava a.s.

Gilles Peru
CEO
Ascometal

Denis Hugelmann
Président
Aubert & Duval

Wim Van Gerven
President
Belgian Steel Federation

Andreas Hauger
CEO
Benteler Steel/Tube

Peter Bernscher
CEO
British Steel

Michel Hamy/Markus Menges
Director General
BSW - Badische Stahlwerke GmbH

Politimi Paunova
Executive Director
Bulgarian Association of the Metallurgical Industry

Jerzy Kozicz
Chairman of Management Board
CMC Poland

Jürgen Alex
Member of the Board
Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH

Antonio Gozzi
CEO
Duferco Industria Group

Hans Lammert
Managing Director
Edelstahl-Vereinigung E.V.

Dominique Richardot
Secrétaire Général
ESTA

Armin Kauls
Managing Director
ESW RÖHRENWERKE

Michele Della Briotta
Managing Director
Europe Tenaris

Roman Stiftner
Managing Director
Fachverband Bergwerke und Stahl

Peter Behrend
President
Fachvereinigung Stahlflanschen e.V.

Giuseppe Pasini
President
Feralpi Group

Mario Caldonazzo
CEO
Finarvedi

Antonius Deelen
CEO
FNsteel bv

Frank Koch
CEO
Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH

George Skindilias
Vice-President and CEO
Halyvourgiki Inc.

Vassileios Goumas
CEO
Hellenic Halyvourgia

Melker Jernberg
CEO
Höganäs AB

Jaroslav Raab
Executive Director
Hutnictvi Zeleza

Evgeny Tankhilevich
CEO
ISD Dunaferr Danube Ironworks Private Company Limited by Shares

Anatolii Fediaiev
President of the Board
ISD Huta Czestochowa Sp.z.o.o.

S. Zeilberger, K. Rummler, J. Henze
Members of the Executive Board
Lech-Stahlwerke GmbH

Markus Ritter
Managing Director
Marienhütte Stahl- und Walzwerk GmbH

José Enrique Freire Arteta
President and CEO
Megasa

Kimmo Järvinen
Managing Director
Metallinjalostajat - Association of the Finnish Steel and Metal Producers

Roberto Re
Commercial Director
Metinvest International Italy sarl

Robert Móger
Director
MVAE - Association of the Hungarian Steel Industry

Ben De Vos
CEO
NLMK International BV

Filippo Gottardis
International Sales Director
Officine Tecnosider

Roeland Baan
President & CEO
Outokumpu Oyj

Marcus Hedblom
CEO
Ovako AB

Stefan Dzienniak
President of the Board
Polish Steel Association

Viktor Dembitsky
CEO
Promet Steel JSC

Michael Müller
CEO
Saarstahl AG

Petra Einarsson
CEO
Sandvik Materials Technology AB

José A. Jainaga
President and CEO
Sidenor Aceros Especiales

Nikolaos Mariou
General Manager
Sidenor SA - Greece

José Enrique Freire Arteta
President
Siderurgia Nacional - Empresa de Produtos Longos S.A.

Siegfried Gierl, Harry Nimmerjahn
Managing Directors
Rohrwerk Maxhütte GmbH

Denis Mancevic
CEO
SIJ Slovenian Steel Group

Bo-Erik Pers
CEO
Jernkontoret

Alexander Alexandrov
General Manager
Stomana Industry SA

Jan Czudek
CEO
Trinecke Zelezarny AS

Jesus Esmoris
CEO
Tubacex

Guillermo Ulacia
Executive Vice-President
Tubos Reunidos Group

Scott D. Buckiso
President
U.S. Steel Kosice

Patrick Lamarque d'Arrouzat
CEO
Ugitech

Gareth Stace
Director
UK Steel - EEF

Gonzalo Urquijo
President
UNESID Spanish Steel Association

Ionel Bors
President
UniRomSider

Philippe Crouzet
Président du Directoire
Vallourec

Dmitrij Scuka
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Vitkovice Steel a.s.

Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff
President
Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl

 

Geert Van Poelvoorde
President
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