16.09.2021. BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Europa’s largest domestic appliance manufacturer, is forging ahead with decarbonising its value chain. BSH first sourced green steel from Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH in September 2021, thereby reducing its CO2 footprint by more than 66 %.
Green steel in domestic appliance manufacturing
Low CO2 steel is to be initially used for mounting brackets in washing machine production at BSH’s Lodz plant in Poland. This is another step on the way to achieving BSH’s ambitious sustainability goals. For Salzgitter AG, the production and market launch of green strip steel is an integral component of its decarbonisation strategy.
BSH’s development and manufacturing processes at its locations all over the world have been CO2 neutral since the end of 2020. With regard to benchmark year 2030, the company has set itself another ambitious goal, however:
“In comparison with 2018, we want to shave 15 % off our Scope 3 CO2 footprint generated by procuring raw materials and parts, as well as through household appliance usage. In a bid to achieve this, we have always offered our consumers particularly energy efficient products. We are now looking very carefully at areas where we have less of a direct impact, such as the production of raw materials and the recycling of products, for instance” as BSH Chief Operations Officer Dr. Silke Maurer stated. “Therefore I am absolutely delighted that we are now able to make decisive progress in decarbonising the value chain together with Salzgitter AG.
Low CO2 steel is produced in the mini mill by melting steel scrap, in combination with the rolling mills and steelworks galvanising plants.
Phillip Meiser, Sales Director at Salzgitter Flachstahl: “Green strip steel is eliciting ever keener interest from our customers operating in a wide range of sectors. For them it is important to source products that already have a lower carbon footprint at this point in time. Expanding the product portfolio is a key component of our short-term decarbonisation strategy. Furthermore, we are rigorously pursuing our course towards low CO2 steel production. Our ambition is to produce around 2 million t of green steel within the context of SALCOS® – Salzgitter Low CO2-Steelmaking by 2025.
BSH offering circular business models
The recycling of raw materials and products is major lever for BSH in its endeavors to minimise waste and conserve resources. Consequently, the company is increasingly offering circular business models as well, which enable consumers to rent household appliances or share them. After utilisation, the appliances are returned, recycled for reuse and, at the end of the product life cycle, recycled in an environmentally compatible manner. Steel, for example, is subsequently melted down in Salzgitter AG’s electric arc furnaces at its Peine location.
As the first steel producer in Europe, Salzgitter AG has obtained conformity statements for its new green steel products in accordance with the VERIsteel standard of TÜV SÜD (German technical inspectorate). The process provides proof of product-specific CO2 emissions in steel production, thereby accompanying the decarbonisation process. The conformity statements confirm that switching the steel production process from the conventional blast furnace route to the electro-steel route achieves CO2 savings of 66 %.
(Source: Salzgitter AG, BSH)