A report released by RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute) that explored the feasibility of the decarbonisation of China’s steel industry revealed that, by reducing demand and switching to low-carbon alternatives, the manufacturing giant could ‘transform’ its steel manufacturing industry.
With COP26 looming, world leaders are looking to commit further to carbon reduction goals. With 17% of China’s carbon emissions coming from steel manufacturing, the RMI report states that ‘great changes’ could occur should the country follow a decarbonisation roadmap.
The main features of the roadmap include a demand reduction for steel in China, accelerated by the carbon emissions reduction target, a steel recycling drive, and the switching to low-carbon alternatives.
These alternatives include hydrogen direct reduced iron, smelting reduction with coal or hydrogen, and the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) techniques.
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