ArcelorMittal and Snop, a major European automotive supplier, have signed a sustainability-focused memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Snop’s headquarters in Villepinte, France.
The agreement also includes a commitment to trial the use of high strength, low carbon-emissions steel in structural car parts, specifically through the use of XCarb® solutions (ArcelorMittal’s low-carbon emissions products and decarbonization initiatives).
The companies will trial the use of Usibor®, a high-strength steel, made using ArcelorMittal’s XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel. Usibor® is manufactured with XCarb® recycled and renewably produced substrate, and typically has a CO2 footprint that is almost 70% lower compared with conventionally produced steel, claims ArcelorMittal. High-strength structural car parts, used in the frame of a vehicle, have already been manufactured by the Snop and ArcelorMittal teams, with the first tests of the parts underway.
''We will be contributing to the reduction of vehicle carbon emissions, a major environmental challenge, while maintaining the high levels of quality needed to satisfy our customers.”Pierre Mainguy, purchasing director at Snop
Speaking at the ceremony, Pierre Mainguy, purchasing director at Snop, said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with ArcelorMittal, a major and strategic supplier within our ecosystem. As steel represents 96% of CO2 emissions linked to Snop’s purchases, this agreement goes beyond reinforcing our longstanding partnership with ArcelorMittal and is an important step towards achieving our goal of reducing our supply chain emissions (scope 3) by 30% by 2030 as well as reaching net zero by 2050. Moving forward, we will be contributing to the reduction of vehicle carbon emissions, a major environmental challenge, while maintaining the high levels of quality needed to satisfy our customers.”
''Having a sustainability-focused MOU is a major step forward in our work with them, to reduce CO2 emissions created during the production of steel for the automotive sector.''Yves Koeberlé, CEO, ArcelorMittal Europe – flat products
Yves Koeberlé, CEO, ArcelorMittal Europe – flat products, added: “We have been working closely with Snop, our valued customer and partner, for many years and the relationship has evolved in line with the changes in the automotive industry. Having a sustainability-focussed MOU is a major step forward in our work with them, to reduce CO2 emissions created during the production of steel for the automotive sector. The endorsement of our key customers is crucial to the success of our decarbonization initiatives, so I would like to thank Snop for their support, in particular in the last few months as we have been developing the MOU which we have signed today”.