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Levelling the playing field for European producers

European Aluminium is fully in favour of free trade as long as it is fair. Unfair trade practices are a real threat to our existence. Over the past decades, China has been increasingly distorting our market with subsidised and underpriced products, leading to European production losses and broader trade challenges globally. Moreover, the influx of Chinese imports jeopardises our sustainability objectives, as primary aluminium produced in China has a carbon footprint that is almost three times higher than European primary aluminium (6.8 kg of CO2 per kg of aluminium produced versus a Chinese average of 20 kg of CO2)

To compete in a fair market that helps the industry advance for the better, we need EU policymakers to understand our urgency. Europe needs effective trade defence instruments, a robust screening mechanism, and free trade agreements that consider climate change policies conditional.


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