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How ArcelorMittal steel Is Trying To Go Green


The world’s largest steel manufacturer is trying to clean up its act.

Producing steel is a dirty business, yielding in massive quantities of carbon dioxide and monoxide. In fact, over 50 percent of the carbon used in manufacturing steel turns into carbon monoxide. Perhaps that’s why ArcelorMittal, which manufactures over 90 million tons of steel every year, is looking at reducing its (large) carbon footprint.


ArcelorMittal has partnered with LanzaTech, a bioengineering organization, and Primetals Technologies, a technology and service provider to the iron and steel industry, to convert waste into bio ethanol, by soliciting the use of a peculiar microbe that’s generally found in rabbits’ guts.

“This partnership is an example of how we are looking at all potential opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and support a transition to a lower carbon economy,” Carl De Maré Vice President of Innovation at ArcelorMittal said.

This would be Europe’s first-ever commercial facility to produce bioethanol from waste gas, reportedly.
The project will take place at ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the company plans on building a €87 million facility for bio ethanol production. According to early estimates, the plant could generate enough fuel for half a million cars (though with ethanol blended gas). ArcelorMittal estimates that every ton of bioethanol generated at the plant would replace about 5 barrels of gasoline.






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