The European Commission’s proposed benchmarks for greenhouse gas emissions have face strong opposition from steel producers. Attacks on the benchmarks at the European Parliament have been led by MEPs with heavily polluting steelworks in their cinstituencies, particularly in Eastern Europe. However, it seems they have been unable to secure support from other politicians.
SBB 18 February A draft resolution which would have forced the EC to withdraw their proposed benchmarks for greenhouse gas emissions was discussed in the European Parliament’s environment committee yesterday. Although nobody was available for official comment, Steel Business Briefing understands that the motion found little support.
The benchmarks will be used to determine the number of free carbon credits steelmakers receive under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) in 2013-2020. Eurofer has said that the benchmarks have been set too low and are not technically achievable, even by the most efficient European steelworks.
Konrad Szymanski, a Polish member of the European Parliament (MEP), called the benchmarks “discriminatory, disproportionate and ineffective.” However, other than the six MEPs who supported the draft resolution, few were in favour of the motion, sources suggest.
The motion will be voted on by the environment committee in mid March. If it is successful then the European Parliament could vote on the resolution in early April.