US Steel offers vision for decarbonization
– Kevin Zeik, senior researcher at US Steel.
PENN VALLEY, PA, United States, Nov. 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – US Steel is rapidly projecting itself into the future as the company seeks to keep the steel industry at the forefront of the global economy.
Founded 120 years ago, steel icon Andrew Carnegie is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% in less than 10 years – and reducing GHGs to net zero. ‘by 2050.
The Pittsburgh-based company is required to decarbonize across its entire footprint, according to Kevin Zeik, senior researcher at US Steel.
Zeik explained the measures his company has started and plans to implement at the Fall Hydrogen and Carbon Capture conference, held Nov. 11 outside Pittsburgh. The one-day program was produced by the H2-CCS network and the shale directories.
âTo achieve 20% reduction in GHG emissions based on a 2018 benchmark, we will deploy Electric-Arc Furnace (EAF) steelmaking at plants in Fairfield, Alabama and Big River. Steel (in Arkansas), Zeik said. âWe will also continue to implement our ‘Best for All’ strategy and make improvements to existing factories, including integrated and EAF facilities. “
As part of the Best for All, sustainability and profitability are needed to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050.
To achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050, the steelmaker plans to build more EAFs and rely on public-private-university-government collaborations to develop new processes and other technologies to reduce GHGs.
These technologies already under serious study include the direct use of reduced iron, renewable energy, and carbon sequestration and use.
âThere is a growing demand for sustainable investment options,â according to Zeik. “And climate change and inequality are systemic risks moving forward.”
In 2020, US Steel emitted 27 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (a major component of GHGs), or more than two million metric tons of CO2 for every metric ton of steel produced, according to Zeik.
Switching to the use of more FEAs will significantly reduce total emissions, as will the implementation of carbon sequestration and the use of hydrogen.
âTo reduce emissions from existing factories, carbon capture equipment will need to be bolted to basic oxygen furnaces (BOFs) and EAFs,â Zeik told the H2 & CC conference audience.
Zeik added, âUS Steel is the only US steelmaker to have joined ResponsibleSteel, a global non-profit forum for all members of the steel supply chain and civil society organizations to work together to promote the contribution of steel to a sustainable future. “
Membership in ResponsibleSteel provides a framework, standard and certification process to drive the responsible sourcing, production, use and recycling of steel.