This report reflects the presentations and deliberations during the European conference entitled 'Steel and Coal: a New Perspective', which took place in Brussels on 28 March 20191. Hosted by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), the event gathered 100 stakeholders from across the EU, including senior representatives from the major steel and coal companies, associations, research and academic organisations.
The aim of the conference was to explore the prospects of technological breakthroughs for steel and coal in a world in transition faced with globalisation, decarbonisation and digitisation. It was also an opportunity to discuss with stakeholders the preliminary results of the seven-Years Monitoring and Assessment of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) programme.
Finally, this conference explored the challenges for steel and coal sectors in a circular and carbon constrained EU economy and in the EU transition to a circular economy