Restrictions on steel imports could jeopardise the EU’s 2030 renewables target
The revised safeguard measures will now mean import volumes per steel category will increase by just 5% every year until 2021. Import volumes will be set based on a mixed system of global and country-specific tariff-rate quotas.
WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “It’s good the Commission have opted for an annual increase in the steel import volumes. But 5% is very low: we expect demand for steel in offshore wind alone to rise by 36% in 2019. It’s in nobody’s interest for access to steel volumes to turn into a scramble for raw materials with other sectors like we’re all chasing seats in musical chairs. Not least when our own sector has binding EU renewables targets it’s got to help meet.
“If we have to pay tariffs on our steel imports the price of wind energy will increase. Steel makes up over half the material used in wind turbine production. Tariffs could add 18% to the price of turbines. This would offset the cost reductions we’ve achieved in recent years. And mean achieving the EU’s 32% renewable energy target for 2030 will cost society more than is necessary. And it would put European turbine manufacturers at a disadvantage to Chinese competitors that source domestic steel at much lower prices. We call on European countries and the Commission to agree a higher annual rate of increase in non-tariff volumes than the proposed 5% when they vote on Friday.”
WindEurope asbl/vzw. Press release - Restrictions on steel imports could jeopardise the EU’s 2030 renewables target. URL: https://windeurope.org/newsroom/press-releases/restrictions-on-steel-imports-cou.... [Date Accessed: 15/01/2019].
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