Judges dismiss steel firm’s challenge to EU ETS

The European court of justice rejected claims that the EU emissions trading scheme discriminates against steelmakers on Tuesday. The directive underpinning the EU ETS did not breach the principle of equal treatment, it ruled.

The case originated in 2005 when subsidiaries of steelmaker Arcelor, now ArcelorMittal, claimed before a French court that it was unfair that steel should be included in the EU ETS while competing industry sectors with similar emissions, such as chemicals and aluminium, remained outside. The French court referred key questions to the European courts.

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