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SSAB is on a sustainability expedition

Already today, SSAB’s blast furnaces emit 7% less CO2 than the EU average. Through our joint technology initiative HYBRIT we aim to virtually eliminate all CO2 emissions in steel making. Continuous improvement and process technology changes in steelmaking will enable us to reduce current CO2 emissions by 25% already by 2025. Improved sustainability also comes from encouraging customers to use quality high-strength steel.


Global steel consumption per capita increased from 140 kg in 2000 to 220 kg in 2015 and this trend continues. This inevitably puts an environmental strain on the world, since the steel industry is a significant source of CO2 emissions.

SSAB’s blast furnaces emit 7% less CO2 than the EU average, and 26%* less than the Chinese average. But, we can do even better.

SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall have started HYBRIT, a joint initiative to create the world’s first steel-making technology that uses hydrogen instead of coal. This would virtually eliminate all CO2 emissions by 2045. Before then, our work to improve sustainability will reduce our direct CO2 emissions in Sweden by approximately 25% by 2025 through continuous improvement and process technology changes in steelmaking. 

Improved sustainability also comes from encouraging customers to use quality high-strength steel. More than 90% of the total adverse environmental impacts caused by a heavy vehicle originate from the energy used and CO2 emitted during its operation. High-strength steel makes vehicles lighter, saving fuel and increasing resource efficiency.

And when steel products reach the end of their useful life they can be recycled indefinitely into new steel. 

Steel is the most recycled material in the world. 

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SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS   HYBRIT   ECOUPGRADED