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Launch of EU Hydrogen Strategy Paves Way for Green Steel

Steel News - Published on Thu, 09 Jul 2020

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The European Commission has today launched its Hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe, which sets out a plan to establish an integrated hydrogen energy network in Europe by 2050. As a major potential user of clean hydrogen, the European steel industry has welcomed the launch of the strategy. European Steel Association EUROFER Director General Axel Eggert said “Clean energy at competitive prices is key to achieving the steel industry’s low-carbon goals. The transition to carbon-lean steelmaking will require 400 terawatt hours of CO2-free electricity per year. Of this, nearly 250 terawatt hours is needed for the production of 5.5 million tonnes of hydrogen, which would be used in new processes to make ‘green’ steel. With this, around 5% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions could be avoided. The benefits to society from the availability of hydrogen and green industrial products, such as green steel, are huge – so Europe needs to strive to make the energy transition as quickly and comprehensively as possible.”

Mr Eggert added “The hydrogen strategy is an important supporting part of the EU’s Green Deal agenda. It must, however, form part of a wider strategy, encompassing not only the wider energy policy of the Union, but also the support for industries that use this energy so that they stay globally competitive during and beyond the transition. It must also encompass technology neutrality for the production of clean hydrogen, as well as the utilisation of CO2 to produce carbon feedstock needed in sectors such as the chemicals industry”.

The phased approach of the hydrogen strategy sets out a roadmap for the roll-out of hydrogen infrastructure on a progressively larger scale. This will build a hydrogen economy that will bolster Europe’s climate leadership and help European industry lead the way to carbon-neutrality.

Steel produced using new hydrogen and clean-energy based methods will be 80-95% less CO2-intensive by 2050 than they are today, but will also cost significantly more to produce. However, the environmental benefits are large. Using hydrogen in steel plants will create notable regional synergies. Other industrial sectors, SMEs and municipalities could connect to the hydrogen network born out of the large-scale demand created in the steel industry, fostering new opportunities and jobs.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 09 Jul 2020
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