Help metals help Europe’s green transition, says industry

The metals industry has called for ‘less restrictive’ EU policy if the bloc is to support the green transition technologies vital to its climate pledges.

At a Brussels conference last week, key figures from Europe’s metals sector gave examples of where they say the industry is running up against red tape. 

“Policy implicated in one place often hurts somewhere else,” said Jan Tytgat, director of government affairs at Belgian recycler Umicore, citing the recent move to abolish CO2 compensation for the production of copper. 

He argued that without compensation for European production, copper sources would divert to imports. “Imported copper will reduce Europe’s carbon footprint but increase the worldwide carbon footprint.”

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