Same Climate Rules for Everyone

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Steeled for a long, hot debate. Source. DPA
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    German industry has many innovative solutions for climate protection, but is often hindered in implementing them by strict climate regulations.

  • Facts


    • Germany’s steel industry has reduced its carbon emissions by more than 20 percent since 1990.
    • E.U. climate goals will weigh on the steel industry with an additional €1.4 billion by 2030, the author claims.
    • In 2012, the steel industry contributed 6 percent to overall CO2 emissions in the European Union.
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Climate protection begins with the materials that surround us daily. By using specially treated steel, our infrastructure is stronger. Thanks to hot-dip galvanized steel, our bridges last longer. And innovative coatings and new support structures extend the life of wind farms on the high seas, despite harsh weather and highly corrosive conditions.

Steel’s long life and 100-percent recyclability gives it an excellent ecological balance sheet: Emissions are avoided while energy and resources are saved when we use it.

The steel industry in Germany and Europe is working on new technologies and processes to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Since 1990, the steel industry in Germany has already cut its carbon emissions by more than 20 percent.

With current technology, however, the industry’s potential for further reductions in carbon emissions is limited. That’s because modern blast furnaces are more than 90 percent effective in reducing carbon, close to the scientific minimum

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