COP26: A green industrial strategy with steel at its core

At COP26, we’re campaigning for #AJustTransitionForAll.

The global steel market is currently worth an estimated $2.5 trillion and produces 9% of global emissions. There is a common misconception of steel as a climate problem, when in fact steel is vital for any climate solution. However, the steel industry cannot hope to do their bit alone, and government support will be needed to deliver this. As we go into COP26, the government must be serious about making this a reality.

We are the steelworkers union, and we will show why steel can and must be integral to the solution to the climate crisis.

We need a green industrial strategy with green steel at its core.

For too long now, we’ve heard nothing but warm words as contracts like the recent Royal Navy submarines and frigates aquisition are continually passed to cheaper overseas competitors.

Public procurement contracts should not be awarded solely on the basis of cost, but must also factor in social and environmental impacts too.

This would support thousands of jobs and livelihoods, benefit our economy, provide value to the taxpayer and have a lower carbon footprint.

We should also offer support to firms looking to reshore and bring jobs back to Britain. The pandemic has showed us the danger of relying on fragile overseas supply chains, yet we currently offer no support for companies looking to reshore. Britain needs jobs, but they will not just appear out of nowhere – we must act, offer and incentivise to bring organisations and jobs back.

A government that is serious about supporting British industry and ending the climate crisis would be transparent about what percentage of public contracts go to British firms.

Any government that wants to tackle the climate crisis needs a green industrial strategy with steel at its core. There is so much untapped potential in British workers and British industries, all that is needed is the political will to make it happen.

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