ArcelorMittal is now producing low-carbon steel plates weighing up to 18 tons. This makes the steel and mining company the first manufacturer in Europe to be able to produce low-carbon sheet steel in these dimensions.
XCarb® recycled and renewably manufactured plate is made from ArcelorMittal Industeel's slabs, which are produced in an electric arc furnace using almost 100% steel scrap and 100% renewable electricity. These slabs are then transformed at ArcelorMittal's plate mill in Asturias, Spain, resulting in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, around 60% lower compared to steel plates produced in the traditional way (blast furnace).
Fields of application of XCarb®
Typically, 18-ton heavy plates are used in large infrastructure projects, such as welded sections and box girders for road and railway bridges. The use of XCarb® recycled and renewably manufactured sheet steel in civil engineering projects enables ArcelorMittal's customers to verifiably reduce their Scope 3 emissions (supply chain emissions) and contribute to a lower carbon footprint in infrastructure projects.
“We are very proud to now be able to offer our customers heavy plate with a carbon footprint that is around 60 percent lower than that of the same product made using the traditional primary metallurgy route. Our teams have worked very hard to bring this product to market, which we know will meet our customers' growing need for low carbon steel to reduce the carbon footprint of complex civil engineering projects. An Environmental Product Declaration EPD, verified by a third party according to the European standard EN 15804, will be available for XCarb® recycled and renewably manufactured heavy plate by the end of the year,” says nis Parein, Commercial Head Heavy Plate Europe at ArcelorMittal on the introduction of the new XCarb® solution.
ArcelorMittal Europe has set itself the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 35% by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.