Sustainability

We strive to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. Sustainability is a key business driver for both us and our customers. We want to be the first to place fossil-free steel on the market by 2026 and largely eliminate CO₂ emissions in our own operations around 2030.

SSAB’s sustainability strategy

SSAB’s sustainability strategy has two main themes: First in fossil-free steel and Leading sustainability performance. The strategy includes goals and targets for both the short and long-term.

First in fossil-free steel

Use better steel: SSAB’s customers benefit from leading CO₂ efficient production

SSAB’s blast furnace- based production is among the most CO₂ efficient in the world. This gives a competitive advantage to SSAB and its customers.

Use steel better: Environmental benefits with SSAB's steels

The core of SSAB’s business is to develop and produce Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered (Q&T) steels that are stronger than ordinary steels. This in turn helps our customers to produce lighter and stronger products, thereby reducing their environmental footprint.

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Go fossil-free: SSAB aims to be first with fossil-free steel in 2026

SSAB works toward a fossil-free steelmaking process through the HYBRIT initiative and by eliminating other fossil related emissions, with a goal to offer fossil-free steel to the market in 2026. In cooperation with LKAB, our iron ore supplier, and Vattenfall our energy provider, we form a fossil-free value chain.

Leading sustainability performance: Safety first

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Safety first: Becoming the world’s safest steel company

SSAB is determined to be the world’s safest steel company, with the objective of achieving zero accidents, work-related injuries and illnesses. Everyone has the right to a healthy, accident-free work environment in SSAB. We will minimize, as far as possible, health and safety risks everywhere we operate.

Leading sustainability performance: Efficiency & Responsibility

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Resource efficient operations

For SSAB, circularity is a key factor in increasing efficiency to help mitigate environmental impact. We continuously work to optimize the value of our by-products, scrap and waste, with a focus on sustainability and value creation.

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Responsible sourcing

SSAB has approximately 20,000 active suppliers in more than 60 different countries. Suppliers must comply both with SSAB’s standards and with international ethical, social and environmental guidelines in order to remain qualified suppliers for SSAB.

Sustainability news

Dec 1 2022

Epiroc presents world’s first underground mine truck made using fossil-free steel from SSAB

Epiroc is pioneering a battery-electric underground mine truck prototype made using fossil-free steel from SSAB. The prototype, a Minetruck MT42 Battery, has a dump box made from fossil-free steel. The result will mean a 10-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions per manufactured dump box, the equivalent of taking five gasoline cars off the road for an entire year.

Nov 7 2022

SSAB attends COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

SSAB is taking part in meetings and seminars in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, which this year is hosted by Egypt. SSAB will, as part of Business Sweden’s delegation, raise the need for enabling regulatory frameworks and a level playing field as well as highlight the importance of partnerships and cross-sector co-operation to reach Paris Agreement targets.

Oct 12 2022

HYBRIT: New research shows hydrogen-reduced iron has superior properties

New research within the HYBRIT project, driven by SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, shows superior results on the properties and quality of the hydrogen direct reduced sponge iron (H-DRI) made using HYBRIT technology. Test results prove that the direct reduction of iron ore using hydrogen offers a superior product that is easy to handle, transport and store. It also virtually eliminates CO\2\ emissions in the reduction process.

Leading sustainability performance: Respect & Integrity

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Zero tolerance for bribery and corruption

Anti-corruption compliance in business is important. SSAB has implemented clear instructions for our employees in order to guide us through our daily operations and how we act in relation to business partners.

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High-performing organization

A key element of SSAB’s business strategy is to build a high-performing organization with strong employee engagement globally. SSAB will continue to work with leadership and competence development, and strive to enhance inclusion and diversity in the workforce.

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