The world is facing historic difficulties – from the worst consequences of Covid-19 and undeniable evidence of worsening climate change to logistical chaos and a late surge in prices for commodities, especially those that are energy intensive. In 2021, there was growing conviction among companies, markets, even governments, that new approaches are required to combat these issues.
For instance, businesses – and many of the countries in which they operate – began to address the need to cut emissions to avoid climate catastrophe.
There is now a tangible commitment around the globe, such as we saw at COP26 in Glasgow, to accelerate action against climate change.
Metals markets will play an essential role in the global economy in 2022 amid the pursuit of decarbonization and sustainability. For instance:
Really, the growing imperative of sustainability will affect all aspects of the metals supply chain. But without smoothly functioning markets, this energy transition drive is destined to stall.
This is where Fastmarkets’ reporters and analysts can help – by immersing themselves in your markets to identify price moves and trends, and to provide you with the actionable intelligence you need to make business decisions in 2022 and beyond.
In this series of articles, Fastmarkets’ experts tell you what is in store for this year across ferrous and non-ferrous markets.
Explore our 2022 preview coverage:
China’s steel fundamentals in flux on decarbonization drive: 2022 preview
Steelmaking raw materials set for volatile year amid deluge of uncertainties: 2022 preview
Rising carbon, energy costs to change EU steel pricing: 2022 preview
Nickel’s awkward position in the sustainability landscape: 2022 preview
Chrome, nickel set to benefit as China’s decarbonization push spurs stainless steel capacity growth: 2022 preview
China decarbonization forces shift in western aluminium market: 2022 preview
Robust demand likely to support natural graphite anode supply chain: 2022 preview
Lithium carbonate premium over hydroxide to persist in new year, sources say: 2022 preview
Biden’s solar ambition to increase metal prices… if it gets realized: 2022 preview
Graphite anode gaining ground with supply chain shift amid EV demand boost: 2022 preview
Magnesium still considered a risky market; supply challenges loom: 2022 preview
Asia billet, scrap prices could drop amid weaker Chinese demand, sources say: 2022 preview
US scrap mart consolidation to continue in ’22: 2022 preview
Plenty at play in ’22 for US ferrous scrap: 2022 preview
European aluminium scrap and secondary prices to be supported, participants say: 2022 preview
Logistics issues key to annual tin contract negotiations in Europe: 2022 preview
Steel downstream buy frenzy likely to continue: 2022 preview
Lead byproducts may not be Chinese smelters’ silver lining: 2022 preview
Base metals’ fundamental backdrop to remain healthy in year ahead: 2022 preview