EU Industry DayEU Industry Days & EUROFER-ESTEP Workshop

22-23 February 2018 at the European Commission Covent Garden building and the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels

The EU Industry Days will update stakeholders on the Commission's strategic approach to industrial policy and actions to further develop industrial competitiveness in Europe. It will also serve as a forum where stakeholders contributing to European industrial competitiveness can showcase their activities, learn from each other, discuss cross-cutting issues and develop joint visions for the future. Stakeholders will come from a variety of industrial sectors, finance, research and innovation, public government and administration.

More information about the EU Industry Day, including registration, can be found: here


The European Steel Association (EUROFER) and the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) have been invited to host a workshop during the EU Industry Day. The EUROFER-ESTEP workshop will take place on 22 February from 11:30 at the European Commission Covent Garden or Crowne Plaza Hotel [depending on participant numbers], in Brussels.

The EUROFER-ESTEP workshop is entitled "The European steel industry: Main pathways towards the smart, low-carbon industry of the future".

The European steel industry is already a world leader in environmental and climate performance. Steel production in the EU has had its CO2 emissions and energy consumption per tonne of steel halved since the 1960s. The workshop will address how the steel industry is working with other industrial sectors to achieve further progress on its main pathways towards the smart, low-carbon industry of the future. EUROFER and invited speakers will look, in particular, at Carbon Direct Avoidance (CDA) and Smart Carbon Usage (SCU) as the main pathways, with the overarching role of the Circular Economy also examined.

EUROFER and ESTEP's work on these main pathways forms part of an ongoing exercise for steel to do its part to transform the EU into a competitive, low-carbon economy. Retaining technical leadership and steel production in Europe whiles aiming to meet the objectives of the Paris agreement is the greatest long-term challenge the industry faces.

The steel industry's aim for a Joint Initiative on steel - which is what has motivated EUROFER and ESTEP to host this workshop - will create new jobs, reinforce the high-skills of European workers and improve the sustainability and digitation of all interlined industrial sectors.

Draft Programme

The event will last one hour and a half starting at 11:30 on 22 February 2018. A Q&A session will follow the speakers' remarks.

11:30 - Welcome by the moderator

Ralph Sievering, former General Manager, VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI)

11:35 - Introductory remarks (10 minutes)

Axel Eggert, Director General, European Steel Association (EUROFER)

11:45 - Carbon Direct Avoidance with hydrogen: The HYBRIT project (10 minutes - joint presentation)

Axel Sormann, Senior Expert, Iron & Steelmaking, K1-MET 

Mårten Görnerup, Managing Director, HYBRIT

11:55 - Carbon Direct Avoidance with electricity and industrial clusters (10 minutes)

Jean Borlée, Unit Manager, Business Development, CRM group

12:05 - Smart Carbon Usage process integration, Carbon Capture and Usage, and industrial clusters (20 minutes)

Michael Hensmann, Head of Department Resource Technology Feedstock, VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI)

Koen Meijer, HIsarna Project Manager, R&D Ironmaking, Tata Steel Europe

Markus Oles, Head of Innovation Strategy and Projects, thyssenkrupp AG

12:25 - Reinforcing the Circular Economy: Recycling & by-products (10 minutes)

Tomas Wyns, Senior Researcher, Institute for European Studies (IES) and Free University of Brussels (VUB)

12:35 Q&A session (25 minutes)



Registrations for the " EU Industry Days 2018" are now open. You can see the full programme and register at this link

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