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NET ZERO STEEL A VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF UK STEEL PRODUCTION

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NET ZERO STEEL A VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF UK STEEL PRODUCTION

A Net Zero UK steel sector The UK produces 7 million tonnes of steel each year, giving rise to around 11.6 million tCO2 . The bulk of emissions (approximately 96%) come from the UK’s two blast furnace sites, situated in Scunthorpe and Port Talbot, responsible for around 6 million tonnes of steel production each year.

The remainder of emissions, and steel production, come from four electric arc furnaces situated in the Sheffield region and Cardiff as well as from many other downstream manufacturing facilities situated across the UK.

However, the emissions related to the steel we import and consume in the UK are far greater. The imported steel used in sectors such as manufacturing and construction and significant volumes of imported goods containing steel, give rise to 18 million tCO2 , meaning the UK is ultimately consuming around 16 million tonnes (Mt) of steel each year and responsible for 29 million tCO2 .

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