Arvedi achieves net-zero emission target

Italian steelmaker Acciaieria Arvedi has reached net-zero emissions of carbon dioxide at its Italian facilities, 28 years before the deadline set by the European Commission, the company says.

On 1 July, the steelmaker obtained from inspection and certification body RINA a certification based on the calculation model for the greenhouse gas emission (GHG) Protocol “Scope 2 Guidance”, Regulation CE 2066/2018. Starting from 1 September, Arvedi will be able to supply carbon steel from the Cremona and Trieste steelworks that is issued with a certificate of net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 direct and indirect emissions, Kallanish notes.

The company launched in 2018 an extensive decarbonisation programme, converting the hot-end area of the Trieste site into a cold rolling processing facility in a €260 million ($263m) investment. In parallel, investments at the Cremona plant have focused on quality, pre-treated and selected scrap and the injection into the electric furnace of polymers and vegetal carbon obtained from recycling. The company invested heavily in digitisation, renewable sources, primary and secondary metallurgy upgrades, calculation and simulation systems, and the use of electricity.

Acciaieria Arvedi also obtained EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) approval for its environmental actions. It now has the status of a “circular” company, according to the European taxonomy, as it is based on a production cycle using an electric furnace and scrap, and the “ZERO WASTE” label as the company recycles 98% of its waste and processing by-products.

Natalia Capra France