Steel manufacturers and companies sourcing raw materials, which operate in the EU constantly reduce their environmental footprint in order to fulfil strict environmental constraints. According to Eurofer steel producers are among the global leaders not only in technology, but also in climate protection. In 2018 ETS emissions from steel production decreased by 7 per cent in comparison with 2013.
As for coking coal mining industry there have been constant reductions of carbon footprint and the greenhouse gases emissions while maintaining the highest levels of quality standards. There are strives for more sustainable business model based on optimization of energy usage, elimination of energy-consuming solutions, recovering and industrial use of methane.
The future of steelmaking — climate neutral steel
Steel producing companies have been conducting intensive research for breakthrough technologies able to reduce CO2 emissions from steelmaking.
- ULCOS (Ultra-Low Carbon dioxide steelmaking) – the research programme financed by the European steel industry with support from the EU.
- HYBRIT (Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology) – a joint initiative by SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, which aims to have a completely fossil-free process for steel making by 2035.