• Nippon Steel outlines decarbonisation roadmap

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Nippon Steel has released a roadmap to decarbonise its production, with a target of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2030 from 2013 levels. As part of the plan, Nippon Steel will introduce electric arc furnaces, employ carbon capture and storage technology, and also speed up the development of the direct hydrogen-reduction steelmaking process that it is working on in cooperation with JFE Steel and Kobe Steel – the companies hope to have it commercialised by 2030. Nippon Steel is already in the process of building an electric arc furnace at its Hirohata works in Himeji, which is scheduled to come online in 2022, but another large-scale EAF is envisaged as coming online before 2030. The move is significant not just for the company but also for Japan as a whole, as steel production accounts for 14% of the country’s emissions, and Nippon Steel is a major producer.