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SSAB Partners with Firth Steels in Fossil-Free Steel

SSAB and Firth Steels have entered a long-term partnership for the supply of steel made with virtually zero fossil carbon emissions. The partnership will help Firth Steels reach its goal to further improve sustainability and reduce the CO2 footprint of their products.

von | 18.06.24

James Firth, Managing Director Firth Steels Limited (left) and Dave Williams, Managing Director SSAB Swedish Steel Ltd (right), © SSAB
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James Firth, Managing Director, Firth Steels Limited and Dave Williams, Managing Director, SSAB Swedish Steel Ltd

June 2024 | SSAB and Firth Steels have entered a long-term partnership for the supply of steel made with virtually zero fossil carbon emissions. This collaboration aims to bolster Firth Steels’ sustainability efforts and substantially reduce the CO2 footprint of their steel products.

Firth Steels, a prominent UK manufacturer of steel profile products used in wall and roof systems, has a longstanding relationship with SSAB. This partnership now extends to include SSAB’s innovative fossil-free steel products.

SSAB Fossil-free™ steel is currently available for pilot deliveries to selected partners, with volumes expected to increase in the coming years.

Firth Steels Limited, Brighouse, United Kingdom

Firth Steels Limited, Brighouse, United Kingdom

Extended Partnership

The deal includes immediate deliveries of SSAB Zero™, the world’s first commercial steel made with virtually zero fossil carbon emissions. SSAB Zero™ is made of recycled steel and produced with fossil-free electricity and biogas. The steel will be used as a key component of Firth Steels’ brand-new product series Protex Voyage®, a low embodied carbon building envelope solution.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected by SSAB to embark on this great journey in reducing carbon emissions in all aspects of our steel process. As a UK-based roll-former of steel profiles, Scope 3 emissions represent the largest portion of our carbon footprint. By forming strategic partnerships with the world’s leading mills, we can significantly reduce these emissions and forge a sustainable future for our planet from the outset, not offset” says James Firth, Managing Director, Firth Steels Limited.

In addition to cutting indirect Scope 3 emissions, Firth Steels has several sustainable initiatives, under their ‘For Good’ campaign to reduce emissions from its own operations including energy used (Scope 1 and 2). The company has a battery storage facility on site and solar arrays which provide grid-free storage and production off grid if need be. It is certified by Planet Mark, an independent sustainability certification that measures carbon and social data.

Mutual Benefits

Traditional steel production represents a significant source of global CO2 emissions, with both virgin and recycled steel production contributing to emissions. By changing the way steel is produced, SSAB wants to cut emissions and create a fossil-free value chain with customers and partners regardless of whether the raw material is scrap or iron ore.

“We are happy to add fossil-free steel to our collaboration with Firth Steels, which already uses our bio-based GreenCoat® colour coated steel in their products. By cutting our own carbon emissions, we can help our customers reduce their indirect emissions from the materials they use – it’s a win-win,” says Dave Williams, Managing Director, SSAB Swedish Steel Ltd.

To this end, SSAB has created two unique steels with virtually zero fossil carbon emissions: SSAB Zero™ and SSAB Fossil-free™ steel. The fossil-free steel is made from iron ore with the HYBRIT® technology, developed in a joint venture with mining company LKAB and energy company Vattenfall. The technology uses hydrogen produced with fossil-free electricity, thus emitting water instead of CO2.

About SSAB

SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company that has developed fossil-free steel and plans to largely eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from their own operations. The steel pioneer has employees in over 50 countries and production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US. The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a secondary listing on Nasdaq Helsinki.

 

(Source: SSAB/2024)

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