US Steel Corporation announced Wednesday its goal targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To achieve the goal, the company said it expects to leverage its growing fleet of electric arc furnaces (EAF) coupled with other technologies such as direct reduced iron, carbon-free energy sources, and carbon capture, sequestration, and utilization. Achievement of the goal also depends on public-private collaboration across industries and global stakeholders to develop supportive innovative breakthroughs, including access to commercially available carbon-neutral electricity sources.
“Climate change is a global crisis that requires a global response. Today, by announcing our net-zero goal, US Steel is committing to doing our part to support the U.N. Paris Agreement on climate change to achieve global carbon neutrality by 2050.” said US Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David B. Burritt. “With our 120-year history of innovating to solve any challenge, US Steel intends to be a part of the climate solution.”
Burritt continued, “We are dedicated to producing the steels that are essential to our daily lives and innovating to solve the challenges our customers face. Climate change is the challenge of this generation and doing our part is a core component of our ‘Best for All’ strategy for profitable growth. We believe that we have a path forward that allows us to profitably produce sustainable steels well into the future, and we know that when businesses, governments and people work together to improve our shared destiny, transformative innovations can follow.”
The net-zero ambition builds on US Steel’s existing goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 20 percent across the company’s global footprint by 2030. It follows the company’s acquisition of technologically advanced Big River Steel, the only LEED certified steel mill in the United States.
In addition, US Steel Senior Vice President Richard L. Fruehauf has been named Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer. This linkage of the company’s strategy and sustainability priorities is designed to further integrate Scope 1 and 2 transitions with the company’s strategy. It also strengthens support for customer and supplier implementation of their own net-zero targets, to ensure process inputs and steel use conform to net-zero.
Having already produced more than 14 grades of some of the most advanced high strength steels at its Big River Steel subsidiary, the company said it is confident in its ability to use EAFs and other advanced technologies to achieve significant carbon emission reductions.