Industry welcomes ‘green steel’ purchasing pledges, but implementation unclear

European steel producers and industry associations have welcomed government commitments to buying “green steel” for infrastructure and construction projects, but queried how these might be implemented given the lack of further details, Fastmarkets understands.

At last month’s COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, the United Kingdom, India, Germany and Canada pledged to purchase low-carbon-emission steel for major projects, under the Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI).
While market sources agreed that IDDI could boost construction demand for low-carbon steel in Europe in the long run, the initiative was too “raw” to make more specific assumptions, with a lack of industry-wide standards about what counts as “decarbonized” also a major issue.
“First of all, we need to clarify what exactly ‘green steel’ is? Is it all steel produced in electric-arc furnaces (EAFs), or does it need to be certified as green steel? We need to clear that up,” a steelmaker in southern Europe told Fastmarkets.
Steel produced via EAFs is considered to be circular by nature because it is recovered from recycled inputs, namely steel scrap.

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Carrie Bone

Julia Bolotova

December 02, 2021

12:35 GMT

London, Dnipro