17/01/2023 – Low carbon emissions steel
Expanding partnership between EMW and Arcelor Mittal
EMW Stahl Service GmbH and Arcelor Mittal are going hand in hand on the road to decarbonization. The steel manufacturer will supply the German steel service center in Neunkirchen with low CO2 emissions steel as well as certificates for CO2 savings starting this year.
EMW aims to be climate-neutral by 2030 for scope 1 and 2. In Europe, Arcelor Mittal aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% by 2030, and globally the group wants to achieve net zero by 2050.
As part of their climate strategies, the two companies are expanding their partnership in 2023. EMW will receive “XCarb” steel with a low carbon content from Arcelor Mittal Commercial Germany. The XCarb recycled and renewably produced steels are produced on the basis of scrap (70%) and renewable electricity (100%). The reduced carbon footprint is confirmed with an official Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). At 797 kg, the CO2 emissions per tonne of steel product are only about a third of those of the same steel product produced conventionally in a blast furnace (2.57 t CO2/t steel). Arcelor Mittal is offering EMW the “XCarb” steel in the required quantities and is also providing the technical support. EMW, in turn, will pass on the steel with production-related CO2 savings to its customers and end consumers.
"Our own ambitious goal is climate neutrality by 2030, and we have already launched numerous projects and activities in our organisation to achieve this. Equally important in this context, however, are the agreements with our long-standing partners such as Arcelor Mittal on the purchase of low-CO2 steels in order to be able to cover the entire scope”, says EMW Managing Director Michael Mockenhaupt.
In addition to physically supplied steel, EMW will continue to purchase steel with “XCarb” Green Steel certificates from Arcelor Mittal, thus verifiably documenting CO2 reductions. The CO2 reduction in these certificates amounts to 2.11t CO2/t steel and originates from breakthrough projects at blast furnaces. The CO2 savings are mass balanced on a central account and independently verified. "We are pleased about the agreement with EMW and generally see an increased interest from our customers for climate-friendly products. Thanks to the XCarb Green Steel certificates, customers who purchase our certificates can directly incorporate the CO2 savings into their Scope 3 and thus also achieve their sustainability goals," explains Jochen Grünewald, Managing Director of Arcelor Mittal Commercial Germany.
EMW is a steel service center within the globally operating Schaefer Group and supplies coils, slit strip, blanks and circular blanks to the steel processing industry. The Siegerland-based company already provides an extensive range of CO2-reduced steels. For its customers in the processing industry, EMW purchases, among other products, “Magnelis” flat steels from Arcelor Mittal, which are particularly resistant to corrosion and
versatile when coated on both sides.