Charlotte Steelmaker Nucor Pledges To Cut Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions | WFAE 90.7
Nucor Corp. based in Charlotte is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its steel mills.
Heavy industries like steelmaking are the third largest source of pollution, contributing to global warming and climate change, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
In Nucor’s annual sustainability report on July 15, the company announced that it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% from 2015 to 2030. The Paris Climate Agreement was passed in 2015.
Nucor, the largest steel producer in the country, has announced that it will reduce both Scope 1 emissions (its own facilities) and Scope 2 emissions (the energy used). Nucor will use more renewable energies, expand energy efficiency projects and pursue new technologies such as carbon capture to achieve the goal.
Nucor said its plants already pollute less than competitors and emit just under 1 ton of greenhouse gases per ton of steel produced – about half the global average. This is mainly due to the fact that the company recycles steel scrap and uses more energy-efficient furnaces, so-called electric arc furnaces.
“Nucor is based on a sustainable model of steel recycling to make new steel and steel products, and we continue to push recycled steel into products that have never been considered profitable,” said Leon Topalian, President and CEO of Nucor, in one Press release.
Nucor will continue to invest in the production of recycled steel to serve green industries such as solar and wind power.
“Steel will continue to be an essential material for our country’s economy, and Nucor is proving that it can be produced in a sustainable way to help the world meet its climate goals,” said Topalian.
Three years ago, national environmentalists and environmentalists from Charlotte launched a campaign calling on steelmakers to stop using fossil fuel electricity. The environmental group Mighty Earth is behind the campaign. CEO Glenn Hurowitz said in an email on Monday that he hopes companies like Nucor can eliminate fossil fuels entirely.
“Nucor is right that its electric arc furnace steelmaking method has fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional steelmaking,” said Hurowitz. “But since it uses electricity in steel, Nucor is well positioned to go further and switch to 100% clean electricity in its steel making. With solar and wind prices often outperforming fossil fuels, Nucor could work faster and faster than most other steel companies. “
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