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Low carbon emissions steel: EMW and ArcelorMittal decide to cooperate

EMW Stahl Service GmbH and ArcelorMittal are going hand in hand on the road to decarbonization. The world's leading steel manufacturer will supply the steel service center from Neunkirchen in the Siegerland region 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, ArcelorMittal aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 35 percent by 2030, and globally the group wants to achieve net zero by 2050.

From left to right: Holger Latsch (Purchasing Manager EMW Stahl Service GmbH), Rainer Böse (CMO Industry North, ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products), Beate Schäfer-Henrichs (Shareholder SCHÄFER WERKE), Jutta Schäfer-Hillenberg (Shareholder SCHÄFER WERKE), Michael Mockenhaupt (Managing Director EMW Stahl Service GmbH), Markus Jansen (Senior Key Account Manager, ArcelorMittal Commercial Germany)

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 ArcelorMittal Commercial Germany. The XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steels are produced on the basis of scrap (70 percent) and renewable electricity (100 percent). The reduced carbon footprint is confirmed with an official Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). CO2 emissions per ton of steel product are with 797 kg now only around a third compared with the same steel product produced conventionally in a blast furnace (2,57 t CO2/t of steel). ArcelorMittal 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 ArcelorMittal 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 ArcelorMittal, thus verifiably documenting CO2 reductions. The CO2 reduction in these certificates amounts to 2.11 t CO2/t steel and originates from decarbonisation efforts upstream of the blast furnace operations. 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 ArcelorMittal 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 ArcelorMittal, which are particularly resistant to corrosion and versatile when coated on both sides.

- January 2023 - 



XCarb® is a trademark registered by ArcelorMittal that represents the clear path taken by the company towards the decarbonisation of the steel production process and the ambitious goal of zero emissions by 2050.

XCarb® will ultimately bring together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced, low and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities, as well as wider initiatives and green innovation projects, into a single effort focused on achieving demonstrable progress towards carbon neutral steel.

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