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Our road to decarbonisation

Manfred Van Vlierberghe,
CEO of ArcelorMittal Belgium

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As CEO of ArcelorMittal Belgium, one of the biggest steelmaking businesses within the ArcelorMittal group, I often have the privilege of welcoming our customers to our plants in Gent and Liège, not only to learn more about their needs and priorities, but also to show to them the work we are doing to accelerate the decarbonisation of our steelmaking facilities.

Installation of the Steelanol Bioreactors in Gent.

As having the label of being a ‘hard-to-abate’ sector suggests, decarbonising the steelmaking process is very complicated and capital-intensive. To put us firmly on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050, we are having to make comprehensive changes not only to the technology we use to make steel, but also to the sources of energy we use to power our facilities and reduce iron ore in the ironmaking process.

At our flagship plant in Gent, we’re also hiring people with skills that were never previously needed in the steel industry. Our Smart Carbon projects put steelmaking at the heart of the circular economy. By the end of this year, our Steelanol project will be up and running, capturing offgases and converting them into bioethanol for use as fuel or as a basic feedstock for the chemical industry. Also starting this year, our Torero project will use waste wood as a replacement for coal in the blast furnace.

Torero: using biocarbon to fuel the blast furnace.

We have also announced a EUR 1.1bn investment, supported by the governments of Belgium and Flanders, to build a DRI plant and two electric arc furnaces, replacing Gent’s end-of-life blast furnace A.

What does all this mean for the environment? By 2030, we will have reduced our CO2 emissions by 3.9 million tonnes (on a scope 1 and 2 basis, compared with 2018), equivalent to more than 848,000 cars being driven for a year. Beyond 2030, we continue to transform the business as green hydrogen becomes available as an energy source, to reach carbon-neutral steelmaking by 2050.

For ArcelorMittal Europe customers, our decarbonisation investments mean that we are already contributing to the generation of CO2 emissions savings linked to the company’s XCarb® green steel certificates, allowing customers to buy certificates and immediately reduce their Scope 3 emissions.

Discover here what our customers say about the green steel certificates.

And once our Smart Carbon and DRI projects are fully operational, we will be producing near-zero carbon and ultimately, zero-carbon steel – firmly putting this incredible material at the heart of the circular economy.

I hope you enjoy this edition of eUpdate,
Manfred Van Vlierberghe

Manfred Van Vlierberghe,
CEO of ArcelorMittal Belgium

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