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Ørsted joins newly launched SteelZero initiative

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SteelZero, a global initiative to drive market demand for net-zero emissions steel, has been launched with support from major steel-using organizations, including Ørsted.

The steel industry contributes about 7% of global carbon emissions, making it one of the largest contributors to climate change. Zero-emissions steel is critical to meeting global climate goals and decarbonizing the steel sector and value chain.

On track to be carbon-neutral in 2025, Ørsted targets a net-zero carbon footprint and carbon-neutral supply chain in 2040. Steel accounts for about half of the emissions in Ørsted’s offshore wind supply chain. The steel used in the company’s wind turbine installations is highly specialized, and no commercially viable low-carbon alternatives are available today.

“As one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies, we’ve set the ambition to decarbonise our entire supply chain by 2040. Without low-carbon steel, that won’t be possible. With SteelZero, we want to make it clear to the steel industry that we’re ready to be part of the journey of innovation and collaboration to get there.”

Jakob Askou Bøss, senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Stakeholder Relations, at Ørsted.

In January 2020, Ørsted launched a programme to reduce emissions in the most carbon-intensive categories of the company’s supply chain: manufacture of wind turbines, foundations, substations, cables, and components. These are produced using materials that are energy-intensive to extract and manufacture.

Ørsted’s strategic suppliers are asked to disclose their own emissions, set science-based carbon reduction targets, and use 100 % renewable electricity in manufacturing, among other key requirements.

The SteelZero initiative will fosterg low-carbon innovation and collaboration across the steel value chain.

“The good news is that our strategic suppliers share our ambitions. o far, we’ve had a lot of positive feedback, and our suppliers are fully engaged. The message we’ve heard loud and clear is that we must solve this together.”

Jakob Askou Bøss.
SteelZero initiative

SteelZero is a new initiative from the non-profit Climate Group, run in partnership with ResponsibleSteel.

Organizations that join SteelZero commit to a transition to procuring, specifying, or stocking 100% net-zero steel by 2050. The commitment framework also includes an interim commitment for 2030, with various options to achieve this.

“Steel is a critical material for the renewable energy sector, but its production accounts for a significant amount of companies’ supply chain emissions. That’s why it’s so encouraging to have Ørsted, one of the largest renewable energy companies in the world, sign up as a founding member of SteelZero. Ørsted’s bold commitment to procuring 100% net-zero steel by 2040 not only demonstrates real leadership and ambition, but will also inspire Ørsted’s peers and others across the supply chain to follow suit.”

Jenny Chu, head of Energy Productivity Initiatives at the Climate Group
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