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Research permit request for the storage of CO2 in the Lorraine region

Luxembourg, 11 June 2010 - With a view to contribute to the efforts to fight climate change, ArcelorMittal pursues the preparation of its carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, transport and storage project in the Lorraine region by filing a research permit request for the geological storage of CO2. This project is launched in the framework of the European ULCOS (Ultra–Low Carbon dioxide Steelmaking) programme.

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ESTEP – European Steel Technology Platform

New steel initiatives for a low carbon society


Luxembourg, 3 March 2010 – The European steel industry and its policy-making partners came together today in Luxembourg for the 7th meeting of the Steering Committee of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP). All stakeholders of ESTEP attended or were represented at the meeting, including high level representatives of the EU Commission and Member States. Chairman Michel Wurth started the meeting by confirming the commitment of the European steel industry to contribute to the EU’s climate change objectives and at the same time ruling out unilateral objectives for binding CO2 emission reduction targets which would make it impossible to maintain competitiveness in a global steel market.

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Corus pilot plant could dramatically reduce steel industry emissions

27 November 2009

Corus is to test a potentially ground-breaking new iron-making technology in a pilot plant project at its IJmuiden steelworks in the Netherlands.

Called “Hisarna”, the technology has the potential to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in the blast furnace steelmaking route by more than 50%.

The €20 million project is one of the initiatives that has sprung up under the auspices of ULCOS (Ultra-Low CO2 Steelmaking), a consortium of European steelmakers that has drawn up the world’s most advanced programme to reduce the steel industry’s carbon footprint.

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ESTEP - European Steel Technology PlatformESTEP - European Steel Technology Platform

New steel initiatives for a sustainable society


Brussels, 5 March 2009 – The European steel industry and its policy-making partners today decided to proceed with the ULCOS (Ultra Low CO2 Steelmaking) project and adopted new programmes related to manufacturing and building to respond to the challenges of the future. The total budget corresponding to these programmes, which fit into the public-private Partnership initiatives set forth by the European Commission in its Economic Recovery plan, amounts to approximately €1 billion in the short and medium term. The decisions were taken in Brussels at the 6th meeting of the Steering Committee of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP).

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European steelmakers and Rio Tinto join forces in Combating Climate Change

18th of September 2008

ULCOS, a consortium of the major European steelmakers, and Rio Tinto, one of the world's leading mining and exploration companies, announce that they have agreed to collaborate on the HIsarna project, which aims to develop a new environmentally-friendly ironmaking process.

ULCOS (Ultra Low CO2 Steelmaking) is the world's most ambitious R&D initiative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from steel production by developing new breakthrough technologies (www.ulcos.org).

HIsarna (an old Celtic word for iron) is a new technology under development by ULCOS. It is a highly energy efficient ironmaking process based on direct smelting of iron ore fines using a smelt cyclone in combination with a coal-based smelter. All process steps are directly hot-coupled, avoiding energy losses from intermediate treatment of materials and process gases.

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