Mining equipment maker secures SSAB fossil-free steel supply

Swedish mining equipment maker Epiroc has signed a deal to procure fossil-free steel from SSAB. The Swedish steelmaker plans to begin commercial fossil-free steel production by 2026, in conjunction with its Hybrit “green” direct reduced iron-making joint venture with LKAB and Vattenfall.

Epiroc will initially use fossil-free steel for material for a prototype underground machine produced at its facility in Örebro, Sweden, and plans to increase the use of fossil-free steel over time.

“Sustainability is integrated in everything we do, and we are committed to halving our CO2 emissions by 2030. This exciting partnership with SSAB will support us and our customers on the journey to reach our very ambitious climate goals,” Epiroc chief executive Helena Hedblom says in a note seen by Kallanish.

Earlier this month, Hybrit received €143 million ($157m) in funding from the EU as one of seven innovative projects under the Innovation Fund (see Kallanish passim).

Adam Smith Germany