Russian steelmaker NLMK Group says it is committed to continue reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the period leading up to 2023, while simultaneously growing steel production.

Its target-specific emission level will be 1.91 tonnes of СО2 per tonne of steel, compared to 1.98 tonnes in 2019* (a 3.5% reduction).

NLMK’s programme to cut GHG emissions includes investment projects aimed at boosting energy efficiency, reducing the consumption of carbon-containing fuels and developing decarbonization technologies.

The launch of a new power station running on secondary resources (by-product steelmaking and blast furnace gases) at NLMK in 2023 will enable cutting СО2 emissions by 650kt (36 kg per tonne of steel) per year. The implementation of new ore beneficiation technologies at NLMK's Stoilensky Mining and Beneficiation Plant over the period 2021-2023 will increase the Fe content in the charge and bring down fuel consumption at NLMK blast furnaces, cutting СО2 emissions by an additional 800kt (44 kg per tonne of steel) per year. NLMK Group is also pursuing a portfolio of R&D projects aimed at integrating the use of hydrogen into production processes, extraction and recovery of СО2, and other decarbonization initiatives.

According to Grigory Fedorishin, NLMK Group's CEO, the company is continuing to strive to reduce its carbon footprint. He claims that CO2 reduction targets are backed by specific projects.

“We are also testing innovation technologies that will enable us to make the next step toward cutting our СО2 emissions beyond the Strategy 2022 horizon.”

NLMK claims it has decreased its СО2 emissions per tonne of steel by 3% over the last five years from 2.04 in 2015 to 1.98 in 2019 against the backdrop of growing production.