A cross-border investigation into the behaviour of the largest steel producers in Europe towards the environment, expressed by their emission of fine dust or particulate matter (PM), their investments in cleaner technologies and their lobbying activities in the EU.
Apart from the fact that steel plants are the single biggest polluters in terms of greenhouse gases and PM, we also believe the steel producers to be typical examples of big industry when it comes to their attitudes towards climate change and air pollution.
First of all, the European steel industry misuses EU tax-payers’ money earmarked for the development of cleaner production methods, in order to save and even strengthen their polluting activities.
Also, the steel companies have put in place a cross-policy EU lobbying strategy to avoid investing money in innovation that would help reducing dust or PM emissions, that harm human health.
Air pollution harms human health and the environment. In Europe, emissions of many air pollutants have decreased substantially over the past decades, resulting in improved air quality across the region. However, air pollutant concentrations are still too high, and air quality problems persist. A significant proportion of Europe’s population live in areas, especially cities, where exceedances of air quality standards occur.