Eisenhüttenstadt, 17 July 2015 – Brandenburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Albrecht Gerber, has visited the ArcelorMittal plant in Eisenhüttenstadt. Climate policy was among the key topics of this visit. During a plant tour, Frank Schulz, CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany Holding, and Pierre Jacobs, CEO of ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt, introduced the production facilities to the Minister and clarified improvements and limits in terms energy efficiency and emission reduction.
From left to right.: Pierre Jacobs, Albrecht Gerber, Frank Schulz
The European Union has set ambitious climate targets. The proposal to reform the emissions trading system, published on 15 July by the European Commission, drastically contradicts the EU Commission’s strategy for jobs, growth and investments. It does not take into account the guidelines for climate policy which have been set by the European Council in October 2014 to maintain competitiveness of the European industry and to avoid a potential production shift out of the EU due to rising costs caused by emission trading.
In case this new proposal should be implemented, huge additional costs – which would not affect foreign competitors – could arise for the European steel producers. At a certificate price of 30 euros per tonne of CO2, the German steel industry would be threatened by unbearable burdens of up to 1 billion euros per annum between 2021 and 2030 (next trading period for certificates). “This proposal jeopardises the future of the steel industry and thousands of jobs in a dramatic way“, comments Frank Schulz.
The CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany calls for fair competitive conditions for the steel industry in Germany and Europe. A free allocation of certificates on a basis of realistic benchmarks is therefore indispensable for industries that face international competition, such as the steel industry. In addition, electricity price hikes caused by emission trading have to be fully compensated, in order to maintain fair competition for all market players. “That’s the only way how we as a steel producer can contribute to climate protection through our innovative products“, says Frank Schulz.
The ArcelorMittal plant in Eisenhüttenstadt celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2015. With a crude steel production of more than 1.8 million tonnes and revenues of 1.1 billion euros, the flat steel site belongs to the world market leader’s most important plants in Germany. ArcelorMittal maintains more than 12,000 direct and indirect employments as an important industrial pillar in the East of Brandenburg. This year the group invests 34 million euros in its facilities in Brandenburg - which primarily produce steels for automotive and household appliances - to further ensure quality and performance of the plant.