SCANMET V, held in Luleå in Northern Sweden, attracted over 300 delegates from around 30 countries.

During the four-day conference, which is held every four years, delegates discussed current research in steelmaking and up to 150 technical papers were presented on topics that included recycling and sustainable production, resource and energy efficiency, and reduction and separation of carbon dioxide.

"With SCANMET we wish to create a forum for industry and academia where there is scope for the exchange of ideas and knowledge towards the development of future, sustainable steelmaking processes. This is the fifth time we have arranged SCANMET and interest is great, despite the fact that the industry is facing economic pressure," says Anna Utsi, business development manager at Swerea MEFOS and project manager for the conference.

This year's SCANMET included a four-session Process Integration Forum, a conference that was first arranged two years ago. Process integration is a form of systems analysis that considers the entire chain of production, instead of merely looking at single processes.

"Today, a holistic approach is essential for meeting the industry's sustainability targets," says Mikael Larsson, department manager at Swerea MEFOS and associate professor at LTU. Process integration is an important tool that can be used by the steel industry to improve both material efficiency and energy efficiency in production systems.