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Seminar: Near-zero steel making and the importance of standardisation

October 25, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Organised by SSAB, hosted by MEP Polfjärd

Steel is expected to be covered by the Ecodesign Standards for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), which sends an important signal to the steel industry to speed up decarbonization. In parallel to the ESPR, the Commission aims to regulate the creation of reliable, comparable, and verifiable environmental labels across the EU to tackle companies giving a false impression of their environmental impact or benefits, through the initiative on substantiating green claims.

Currently, there is no commonly agreed definition of near-zero emission steel products, nor any agreed approaches or methodologies as to how to measure CO2 intensity along value chains and how emission data should be reported and verified. It is therefore crucial that the EU can contribute to a clear, trustworthy and comparable standard to be used by industry and customers. An ambitious standard can also contribute to promote the uptake of near-zero emission steel production technologies that will set the steel industry on a 1.5-2 degree compatible path.

The objective of the seminar is to address the issues and challenges around standardisation, investigate what initiatives are already out there and how they can help set EU/global standards. By bringing together EU policymakers, steelmakers, buyers of steel, and academics, this seminar aims to provide a platform for discussion.


9.00 – 9.05 Welcome and introduction by MEP Jessica Polfjärd

9.05 – 09.35 Panel Discussion: What can be an effective standard for near-zero steelmaking?

• Mr Martin Pei, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at SSAB

• Ms Federica Pozzi, Programme Manager at ECOS

• Mr Jean Bergevin, Senior Expert Energy Intensive Industries Unit at DG GROW

• Ms Céline Domecq, Head of Public Affairs EU Office at Volvo Cars

09:35 – 09:55 Discussion with the Audience

09:55 – 10:00 Concluding remarks by MEP Jessica Polfjärd


October 25, 2022
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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