Reducing the carbon footprint of steel strip

Steel materials from Waelzholz are enablers of transformation in the energy, mobility, and industrial sectors. As part of our sustainability strategy, we are also doing everything we can to reduce emissions in the energy-intensive production of our steel materials. Our aim is to systematically reduce the carbon footprint of our products. As a technological leader in the cold rolling industry, we offer a validated process for the allocation of carbon savings on a grade-by-grade basis that covers all phases of the value chain. Thanks to fully integrated digital processes, we are already supporting our customers on the path to a carbon-neutral future with the scalable and certified reduction in their material solution’s carbon emissions.

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USING GREEN HYDROGEN TO PRODUCE LOW-EMISSION HOT ROLLED STEEL STRIP

The use of both hydrogen in direct reduction and scrap steel in the electric arc furnace makes it possible to significantly reduce carbon emissions from crude steel production. Both green hydrogen and scrap steel are in limited supply worldwide, however.

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PRECISE TRACKING OF CARBON EMISSIONS THANKS TO DIGITAL PROCESSES

We track and process energy data and carbon emission factors from over 1,000 data points using a method developed in-house. This allows us to disclose the carbon footprint of each individual grade. The process, which is validated in accordance with ISO 14067 and the GHG Protocol, is fully integrated into our ERP system.

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USING GREEN HYDROGEN AND GREEN POWER TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS IN STEEL STRIP PRODUCTION

We are technologically ready for the extensive use of hydrogen. Until we can connect our factories to a future H2 infrastructure, we are focusing on optimizing our energy mix and systematically enhancing our process and energy efficiency.

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LOW-EMISSION STEEL MATERIALS THROUGH ALLOCATION OF CARBON SAVINGS ON THE BASIS OF AN ACCOUNTING SYSTEM

Our verified accounting system enables us to allocate real carbon savings from the entire value chain across our entire product range. The degree of savings is scalable and is indicated on our mill certificates.

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CARBON SAVINGS WITHOUT COMPROMISING PRODUCT QUALITY

Whether high-performance electrical steel strip grades, high-strength materials, or stainless precision steel strip – our customers select the ideal material for their application and, thanks to our carbon accounting model, can purchase real emissions reductions tailored to their specific needs. Without any limitations when it comes to the material properties.

Steel materials with a reduced carbon footprint

In addition to the technological basis for the transformation of a wide range of applications, we also offer verified, product-specific carbon footprints and real emissions reductions with our materials. Find out more in the adjacent brochure.

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Sustainability Report 2022/2023

From our sustainability management to the areas of people and society, climate and environment, and responsible corporate governance up to our ESG strategy – find out everything you need to know about sustainability at Waelzholz. 

 

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Hot rolled steel strip production Reducing carbon emissions with hydrogen

Approximately 90% of our steel strip products’ carbon footprint is generated during the production of hot rolled steel strip. This can already be significantly reduced today through the use of hydrogen and new blast furnace technologies. / more 

Steel strip production Reducing and tracking the carbon footprint

We use an intelligent mix of different measures to fully exploit the opportunities to reduce carbon emissions from our production processes. Thanks to digital processes, we can precisely determine the carbon footprint of our materials. / more 

Low-emission steel Carbon savings without any compromises

Thanks to our verified accounting model, we can offer our customers real carbon savings for every product we supply. Without any compromises when it comes to material properties. / more 

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