Klöckner & Co has handed over an initial tranche of CO2-reduced steel (“green steel”) to Siemens. In total, the company has delivered around 40 metric tons of green steel to two Siemens plants in Frankfurt and Cham, Germany. This was made possible via its subsidiary Becker Stahl-Service. Official handover of the first batches took place at Siemens subsidiary Alpha Verteilertechnik in Cham. The steel in question is galvanized sheet steel. Siemens Smart Infrastructure will test it in the manufacture of switchgear and power distribution systems.
The steel products supplied fall within the two most sustainable categories “PRO” and “PRIME”. They belong to the Nexigen® categorization for green steel developed by Klöckner & Co. This means that CO2 emissions during production were over 80 percent lower compared with conventional steel production.
Both Klöckner & Co and Siemens have set themselves ambitious sustainability targets. To this end, the two companies intend to expand their cooperation. One of the aims of the partnership is to open up access to larger quantities of green steel for Siemens.
Francois-David Martino, CEO of Becker Stahl-Service: “Under our umbrella brand Nexigen®, we enable our customers to build sustainable value chains. We are very pleased to support our long-standing customer Siemens in developing new products and achieving its sustainability goals by supplying green steel.”
Uli Bauer, Vice President Corporate Category Manager Metals, Siemens AG: “Further decarbonization along our value chain is a key component of our sustainability strategy. Reliable and experienced partners like Klöckner & Co are helping us achieve this.Together, we also aim to drive decarbonization in steel production through innovative products and solutions.”
Partnership benefits both companies in achieving their decarbonization goals
Building sustainable business models is a central part of Klöckner & Co’s strategy. Under Nexigen®, the company offers transparent, CO2-reduced solutions. Those are applied in the areas of materials, operations and logistics. In this way, Klöckner & Co ensures complete transparency for its customers regarding their CO2 footprint. This ranges from raw material extraction to production. Klöckner & Co supports its customers in building sustainable supply chains. By doing so the company combines a comprehensive range of logistics and circularity solutions as well as Sustainable Advisory Services (SAS).
In addition, the company is committed to reducing emissions at every link in the value chain to net zero by 2050 in line with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In December 2022, Klöckner & Co won the German Sustainability Award (“Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis”). The winner was in the Climate Transformation category for its outstanding commitment to resource-conserving business.
In 2015, Siemens was one of the first global industrial companies worldwide to commit to CO2 neutrality in its own operations by 2030. As part of the “DEGREE” sustainability framework introduced in 2021, Siemens is strengthening its existing activities for physical decarbonization along the entire value chain. By committing to the SBTi, the company supports the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement and thus makes a positive contribution to limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Siemens is targeting a physical CO2 reduction in its own operations of 55 percent by 2025 and 90 percent by 2030, compared with 2019. It also aims to have a CO2-neutral supply chain by 2050.