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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner:

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner:

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This morning in metals news, the Aluminum Association sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer restating its support for exemptions to the Section 232 tariffs on imported aluminum, ground preparation has begun for a new electric vehicle battery cell production facility in Lordstown, Ohio, and the E.U. has disbursed a loan of €75 million to ArcelorMittal for its work on technology to reduce carbon emissions.

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Significant gaps remain within societal expectations of the mining industry, a recent report from the Responsible Mining Foundation said.

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“The performances of even the best-scoring companies fall considerably short of society expectations in all six thematic areas,” the report stated, adding that all mining companies must improve their efforts to ensure company practices are efficiently managed.

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was with some of the metals coverage here on MetalMiner, including: oil prices, global steel production, Chinese steel stocks, U.S. automotive sales and more.

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As an example of how often there are no easy answers to the most intractable problems, Italy’s Ilva steel plant, as it was known, is an example of many problems and many solutions — none of them without consequences.

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The Taranto plant, situated in Puglia on the heel of Italy’s “boot,” has long been a major source of pollution (specifically, air pollution). Failure to clean up the plant was a major part of previous owner Gruppo Riva’s loss of the plant back in 2014, when the state seized billions of euros in assets from Ilva.

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India’s automobile sector is at a crossroads.

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The country has embarked on a clean energy drive following its commitment to the Paris agreement in 2015 and has now dedicated itself to reduce its emissions by 2030.

Reduction of vehicular emissions is part of this program. So, even though the sale of automobiles in the last year or so has been dismal, hopes are pinned on a push for electric vehicles (EVs).

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including coverage of: aluminum production and prices; Trump’s tariffs on aluminum and steel derivatives; the coronavirus’ potential impact on iron ore; General Motors’ electrification drive; and the arrival of Brexit.

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Heard of Europe’s Green Deal? No?

That may not be surprising, as it was only announced last month. While it sounds like the latest fruit and veg special offer at your local supermarket, it is likely to be one of the most profound policy changes to hit Europe since the formation of the Common Agricultural Policy or the creation of the Euro — or so says Nick Butler, chair of the Policy Institute at Kings College London, writing in the Financial Times this week.

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The Green Deal was announced by new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and in brief, is a commitment by the E.U.’s 27 member states to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

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We have covered the precious metals and palladium, in particular, a few times over recent months, not because we have suddenly become PGM investors (although looking at price performance, that would have been a fortunate move) but simply because they are the only metals sector showing any real dynamism.

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The base metals have at best been lackluster. Aluminum has been range-bound for much of the last nine months, as has most of the base metals complex.

Copper has perked up since about November on the back of expectations of a thaw in U.S.-China trade relations. Nickel got interesting toward the back end of August when the market reacted to news of an Indonesian export ban but has since sunk back.

Only the precious metals have risen and sustained their rises during the period — albeit for differing reasons.

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