BLUESCOPE STEEL CUTS CARBON EMISSIONS, BUT NOT FROM STEELMAKING (US)

BlueeScope Steel managed a 1.2 per cent reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of steel produced in the 2019 financial year, above ts target of a yearly one per cent reduction in emission intensity to 2030. However the drop in production of gases which are affecting climate, revealed in its 2019 sustainability report, is still below that needed to silence critics of steelmaking. CEO Mark Vassella said: “While our progress this year is pleasing, we are ever cognisant of the challenge we face and the level of transformation required to support a low carbon economy.” Vassella said while BlueScope supported the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate, this presented a challenge 
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Eramet commits to short-term specific objectives for a better world (US)

As a global mining and metallurgical group, Eramet has set its corporate social responsibility objectives for the next five years. Through an ambitious roadmap that meets the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Eramet confirms its ambition to be a committed and contributive corporate citizen. 

To contribute to the construction of the mining and metallurgical industry of tomorrow, Eramet commits to thirteen measurable objectives, which are integrated into its overall strategy. They are organised around three pillars – human, economic and environmental. Serving as a meeting point between its businesses, its strategy and the global challenges to which the Group is committed, this roadmap contributes to local development, preserves the environment and supports all communities on the territories where it operates. Eramet aims to use this roadmap step up the integration of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) actions into short- and medium-term schedules, particularly for its mining activities.

This CSR roadmap reflects our commitment and ambition to rigorously implement the most responsible and sustainable practices across all our activities and with all our stakeholders. It is central to Eramet’s strategic vision and its ambition is in line with our conviction: We create sustainable value through combining operational performance with a positive impact on our environment and society “.

Virginie de Chassey, Executive Senior Vice-President of Communication and Sustainable Development

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Air Liquide to deliver hydrogen for thyssenkrupp’s pioneering project for lower carbon steel production (US)

Hydrogen will play a significant role in the transition to a low-carbon future. It can replace coal used in iron and steel industrial processes such as in this project. 

PARISJuly 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp Steel, a world leading supplier of carbon steel flat products, join forces in a pioneering project to develop lower carbon steel production. For the first time, hydrogen will be injected to partially replace pulverized coal at a large scale in the blast furnace during steel production. After successful completion of a pilot phase this autumn 2019, Air Liquide will ensure a stable supply of hydrogen from its 200 km network in the Rhine-Ruhr Area. This solutionContinue reading

Hybrit project aims to ‘revolutionise iron and steelmaking’ (US)

A project called Hybrit is aiming to revolutionize the iron and steelmaking by removing fossil fuels from the process.

The initiative says it is developing methods to replace coking coal, which is traditionally needed for ore-based steelmaking, with hydrogen. Executives involved in the project will be presenting a number of seminars at Hannover Messe next week. Leading companies from the industry – such as SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall – plan to replace coking coal with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen, developing what would be the world’s first fossil-freeContinue reading

China’s Cheap Steelmaking Machines Pose Safety Concerns in Southeast Asia (US)

MANILA—China banned induction furnaces last year in a crackdown on polluting producers of low-quality steel, but the equipment has made its way to parts of Southeast Asia, putting pressure on domestic steelmakers and fueling safety and environmental concerns. The Philippines and Indonesia have seen an influx of these furnaces since China prohibited their use for steelmaking in June 2017, eliminating 154 million tons of capacity—or just over the combined output of the United States and Germany. The two Southeast Asian nations—big steel importers with fast-growing economies—are ideal markets for these induction furnaces, or IFs, that produce cheaper steel. But some Continue reading

Le nouveau PDG d’ArcelorMittal Méditerranée relaie l’appel de son groupe: “La sidérurgie doit être soutenue” (FR)

Bruno Ribo a pris ses fonctions à la tête du site ArcelorMittal de Fos. Il arrive de l’usine de Galati en Roumanie.(Credit Photo@ FRÉDÉRIC SPEICH)

Après un parcours complet au sein du groupe ArcelorMittal depuis 1989, Bruno Ribo vient de prendre ses fonctions à la tête d’ArcelorMittal Méditerranée à Fos. Ingénieur de formation, il quitte la direction de l’usine de Galati en Roumanie, couplée à celle de Skopje (Macédoine) dont le groupe a dû se séparer, à la demande de la Commission européenne, pour pouvoir intégrer le site d’Ilva, en Italie.

Où en est-on de l’intégration d’Ilva ? Que peut en attendre Fos ?
Bruno Ribo : 
La cession n’est pas encore finalisée, elle doit se faire dans le courant du premier trimestre et doit être approuvée par la Commission européenne. Le site d’Ilva a un aval plus complet que Fos. ArcelorMittal n’était pas présent de façon significative jusque-là en Italie exceptée à travers son usine de Piombino spécialisée dans le finishing. Fos a une place importante dans la production de “produitsContinue reading

China’s No.2 steelmaking hub Jiangsu escalates smog alerts, halves output (US)

BEIJING (Reuters) – Steel mills, coke plants and coal-fired utilities in China’s second-biggest steelmaking hub Jiangsu will have to slash their production capacity as the provincial authorities have escalated smog alerts for the next three days. Air pollution is expected to worsen from Nov. 27 until Nov. 30, triggering second-level orange smog alerts in the country’s four-level system, the Department of Ecology and Environment of Jiangsu Province said in a statement. Heavy industry in Jiangsu will have to cut more of their production capacity by at least 50 percent fromContinue reading

Materials will lead the Energy Transition Revolution (US)

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong welcomes attendees to MITEI’s annual research conference, which featured panels on topics ranging from climate change to energy startups to the critical role artificial intelligence and machine learning can play in developing technology for a low-carbon energy future. (Credit Photo @ Photo: Eric Hayne)

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong offers his perspective on the takeaways from MITEI’s annual research conference.

“From nanomaterials to metal alloys, materials are going to play a role in everything from energy production and conversion to transmission, distribution, and end use”.

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) 2018 annual research conference brought together energy researchers, policymakers, and industry members working on cutting-edge technologies and business models for the transition to a low-carbon future. Panels ranged from the latest developments in the fight against climate change to innovations for creating a better environment in which energy startups can thrive. A special segment of the conference, presented Continue reading

ArcelorMittal veut produire moins de CO2 (FR)

Le directeur du campus R&D, Frédéric Grein. (Credit Photo@AFP/Jean Christophe Verhaegen)

Les questions d’environnement et de mobilité figurent au centre de la recherche et développement du groupe sidérurgique ArcelorMittal.

Le campus de R&D de Maizières-lès-Metz (Moselle), le plus important du groupe, est en première ligne pour la mise au point de nouveaux produits et des processus industriels pour les produire, a expliqué son directeur Frédéric Grein, vendredi, lors d’une visite du site qui fête ses 60 ans. L’objectif est «porter les améliorations et les innovations sur le terrain» pour «aider les usines du groupe à améliorer leurs paramètres de rendement, de qualité et de productivité», résume-t-il. Et il faut ensuite «aider les clients à utiliser au mieux les nouveaux produits», ajoute-t-il. La maîtrise des émissions de CO2 constitue l’un des premiers impératifs pour le producteur d’acier et répond aussi à

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Ahead of winter, Chinese steel mills rush to meet stricter smog rules (US)

BEIJING (Reuters) – Steel mills in Tangshan, China’s top steelmaking city, are rushing to install equipment to meet new ‘ultra-low’ emissions targets by an Oct. 31 deadline, as the measures to battle pollution threaten more upheaval in the debt-laden sector. Only a handful of mills have installed the technology that removes sulfur, nitrogen and dust and costs up to 200 million yuan ($29 million), according to analysts who have tracked the more than 150 sintering plants in the city affected by the new rules, which were only announced in July. “Everyone is trying to speed up the (upgrade) project … Still, time is very tight,” said an environmental manager at Hebei Donghai Special Steel Co, aContinue reading