European Commissioner for Energy Ms Kadri Simson visited the HYBRIT pilot plant in Luleå during her visit to Sweden, to experience the world's first completely fossil-free value chain for iron and steel production. The visit started at SSAB’s blast furnace which is planned to close already around 2030, according to SSAB’s newly revised plan, and was followed by a visit to HYBRIT’s Direct Reduction-pilot for fossil free sponge iron. HYBRIT is jointly owned by SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall and during the visit the Hybrit owners expressed support for a fast energy transition eliminating our dependency on fossil fuels. Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said “The HYBRIT pilot plant in Luleå is taking impressive steps towards energy transition and is contributing to a wider economic and industrial revival of Northern Sweden. The plant is driving for a completely fossil-free value chain for iron and steel production. The innovative plant will have a role to play in the process towards carbon neutrality.”As Commissioner for Energy, Ms Kadri Simson is in charge of implementing the European Green Deal in the energy sector, especially in the context of the Fit for 55 packagesAn EU-wide enabling policy framework that gives a robust CO2 price signal and ensures a level-playing field, within and outside the internal market, for frontrunners that develop breakthrough technologies, take risks, and make green investments. The EU Emissions Trading System and the proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism must play a central role in the decarbonisation of the sectors they cover, as both files must be designed to achieve the EU’s 55% reduction target for 2030 In the EU ETS the product benchmark system needs to be reformed so that different technologies can compete with each other on their CO2 reduction potential. It should guarantee that breakthrough technologies, like HYBRIT, are not treated unfairly compared to traditional fossil-based technologies, both in the EU and globally Develop an efficient policy framework to upscale fossil-free electricity and renewable-based hydrogen while providing clear criteria for classification Create markets for green products underpinned by ambitious definitions and standards for fossil-free steel and fossil-free hydrogen, to ensure a level-playing field for sustainable products, while providing transparency to consumers.