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June 09, 2024

The German government made a major move that will help revolutionize the country’s steel production process.

As explained by Reuters, the German government pledged 2.6 billion euros ($2.8 million) in funding to support steelmaker Stahl-Holding-Saar’s (SHS) transition to greener production. The investment will drastically reduce the pollution from steel production over the next few years.

“This is momentous news for Saarland’s steel industry,” Stefan Rauber, Chairman of the Management Board of SHS, told Green Steel World in January. “This enables us to make a historic transition in production — one that will cut carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. In doing so, we are performing a pioneering role in the decarbonization of the German steel industry while at the same time creating the conditions that will secure our competitiveness.”

The costly transformation initiative is one of the latest steps toward Germany’s goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2045meaning it aims to minimize its Earth-warming pollution and offset pollution that continues by that year. SHS’s subsidiaries Dillinger and Saarstahl are taking initial steps by focusing “on the use of hydrogen, on electric steel production, and on recycling steel scrap,” per Green Steel World.

There are plans to begin construction of a direct reduction plant and two electric arc furnaces in Dillingen and Völklingen this year, with an initial production goal of up to 3.5 million tons of green steel annually starting between 2027 and 2028. Up to 70% of production will be converted to a climate-friendly process to help reduce carbon pollution by 55% by 2030, as detailed by Green Steel World.

“What we are now doing here in the Saarland, in the steel industry, is a victory for climate protection, a first-class news for our customers and, all in all, a huge step towards the future of highly innovative steel production,” Rauber added.

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This project is an example of how green steel production is an exciting and rapidly developing field that has the chance to make the steel industry more sustainable and less polluting.

Another example is the production plant recently launched by a Bill Gates-backed startup that uses renewable energy to produce clean iron from low-quality ores, which will significantly reduce the pollution traditionally associated with steel production.

These advancements in green steel production are promising steps toward a more sustainable future, offering hope for significant reductions in industrial pollution.

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