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Abstract

This document is the updated version of the Strategic Research Agenda of the European Steel Technology Platform (Vision 2030), which was officially launched on March 12, 2004. It offers a global vision on the innovation and R&D initiatives which will lead to the achievement of the objectives identified in the frame of a sustainable leadership of the steel sector in the coming decades.
This updated version endorsed by the Steering Committee on the 7th of July 2005 includes a detailed description on how the steel sector intends to implement its Strategic Research Agenda which was adopted by the Steering Committee of ESTEP on December 15th, 2004 as well as a new chapter on how to promote steel solutions for end users in the energy sector which was announced in the former version.
The ambition of the European steel industry is to maintain and reinforce a global leadership, which is both sustainable and competitive, given the strong development in other parts of the world, notably Asia.
To meet the strategic objectives of the European Steel Technology Platform, in March 2004, the Group of Personalities decided to launch determined, long-term and structured R&D actions.
Six working groups involving now around 110 persons and corresponding to the 4 pillars of the sustainable development framework of the Platform have been set up (profit, partners involving both automotive, construction and energy sectors, planet and people) and have developed three large and complementary R&D industrial programmes with large societal impacts, each of them encompassing several R&D themes and research areas.
Three industrial programmes with large societal impacts are proposed:
- Safe, clean, cost-effective and low capital intensive technologies
- Rational use of energy resources and residues management
- Appealing steel solutions for end users

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