USTR Ambassador requests investigation into carbon intensity of U.S. steel and aluminum production

Posted By: Jerrod Weaver Government Affairs,

Office of the U.S. Trade RepresentativeOn June 6th, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai sent a letter to the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) requesting an investigation and public report to assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of steel and aluminum produced in the United States. The data collected will help to inform discussions with the European Union (EU) regarding the Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminum (Global Arrangement).

The letter states, in part: “The United States and the EU have a shared commitment to joint action and deepened cooperation in the steel and aluminum sectors and are taking joint steps to defend workers, industries, and communities from global excess capacity and climate change. These steps include a Global Arrangement to discourage trade in emissions-intensive steel and aluminum products that contribute to global non-market excess capacity from other countries and to ensure that domestic policies support lowering the GHG emissions intensity of these industries.” (emphasis added by NFFS)

The full text of the letter from Ambassador Tai to the USITC can be viewed HERE.