Climate Advisers examines the pathways to scale up production of green steel and create a global green steel market and identifies opportunities for transatlantic collaboration supporting such policies.
For the world to meet its climate commitments, emissions from heavy industry must be dramatically reduced. The production of steel, which accounts for roughly 8 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, is at the forefront of the challenge. The recent announcement of a joint European Union and United States initiative to reach a Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminum provides a new window of opportunity for the transatlantic relationship to bolster the momentum of and discover alternative pathways to industrial decarbonization.
In this paper, which was written in collaboration with the Atlantic Council and the European Union, we examine the pathways to scale up production of green steel and create a global green steel market; summarize green steel developments in both Europe and the United States; identify trends in steel trade flows that may be important; highlight the importance of supporting steel workers during the transition; outline government policies that could be used to promote transition of the steel industry; and identify opportunities for transatlantic collaboration supporting such policies.
The paper will be launched at a public event on December 10th, 2021 featuring an expert panel of government and industry leaders from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss key findings. Additional details and registration information are available on the Atlantic Council website.