As an energy and carbon intensive industry, we are part of the solution, but at the same time, we have a responsibility to address the impact of our own operations.
The membership of worldsteel, which represents more than 80% of global steel production, continues to find ways to drive efficiency in energy use and product design.
On the road to the arrival of breakthrough technology short and medium-term process efficiency gains will provide important climate change benefits.
In 2019, the worldsteel Board of Members agreed to a new industry-wide drive named step up. This multistep process covering raw materials, energy input, yield and maintenance can be used to support improvements in mill operations to efficiency levels commensurate with the steel industry’s top performers.
worldsteel has developed a clear 4-stage efficiency review process, based on leading practise, for all mill operators to follow. This is being supported by a specialist team of advisors available to all members. The programme will be tested across 5 mills in 2019 and then rolled out much more widely through 2020-2025.
For the long term, the steel industry continues to work in partnership with governments, investing in major programmes of research and development to invent radical new steelmaking technologies.
This programme has been set up to increase the operational efficiency of the sites operated by member companies of worldsteel with a view to lower CO2 emissions.