SynopsisThe European metals industry, encompassing ferrous and non-ferrous metals, collaborates with the European Commission to establish its EU Transition Pathway. This initiative aims to align the metals sector with the EU's green and digital transitions, ensuring sustainability and resilience. Metals like steel, aluminum, copper, and lithium are essential for clean energy and electronic technologies, making a secure and sustainable supply crucial. The Transition Pathway will address challenges, investments, and policy frameworks to meet these goals.ArticleIn a concerted effort to align with the European Union's (EU) Green Deal and Digital Agenda, the European metals industry, spanning both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, is embarking on a transformative journey by establishing its EU Transition Pathway. This collaborative endeavor with the European Commission is driven by the recognition that the metals sector plays a pivotal role in enabling the EU's green and digital transitions, which are central to the clean tech economy.As global regions transition toward greener and more digital economies, the demand for metals is surging, designating them as critical resources for clean energy and electronic technologies. Key metals like steel, aluminum, copper, nickel, zinc, and lithium are indispensable components of this shift, finding applications in electric vehicles, renewable energy technologies (wind and solar), and hydrogen systems. To fulfill its 2030 clean energy goals, Europe must ensure the security and sustainability of its metals supply.The establishment of a robust and resilient metals sector takes on paramount significance, not only to bolster the EU's strategic autonomy but also as a cornerstone of the EU economy. The metals sector provides over 800,000 direct jobs and supports more than 5 million indirect jobs.The EU Transition Pathway for Metals will chart the course ahead, outlining the primary challenges, requisite investments, and the policy framework needed to facilitate these investments. This collaborative process will gather momentum in the coming months, with the goal of finalizing the pathway by the end of March 2024.Guy Tiran, Director General of Eurometaux, emphasizes the urgency of Europe's decarbonization efforts, which drive increased demand for metals. He envisions the Transition Pathway for Metals as a means to unite stakeholders in addressing the security and sustainability challenges. The industry's ambition extends to supplying the metals required for Europe's clean energy endeavors, simultaneously focusing on decarbonization, recycling, and reducing the environmental footprint.Axel Eggert, Director General of EUROFER, underscores the need for a holistic approach that transcends policy silos, encompassing decarbonization, energy, and circularity policies. Steel, being 100% recyclable, forms the core material in low-carbon technologies, making it essential for the EU's twin transition. While the sector is already implementing decarbonization projects, it faces global competition that threatens its viability and the EU's transition success.ConclusionThe European metals industry, in collaboration with the European Commission, embarks on a transformative journey to establish its EU Transition Pathway, aligning with the EU Green Deal and Digital Agenda. This strategic initiative recognizes the metals sector's pivotal role in enabling green and digital transitions critical to the clean tech economy.Key metals like steel, aluminum, and copper are central to clean energy and electronic technologies, necessitating a secure and sustainable supply. The Transition Pathway will address challenges, investments, and policy frameworks to ensure the sector's sustainability and resilience.This collaborative effort represents a significant step toward a greener and more digital Europe, highlighting the metals industry's commitment to shaping a sustainable future.