Dr Rizwan Janjua

Head of Technology at World Steel Association

Abstract: Iron and Steelmaking – Transformation for Sustainability

Steel plays a vital role in human development and socio-economic conditions. We are now at cross-roads where resources, both material and energy, must fulfil the criteria of long-term sustainability.

The steel industry is actively pursuing ways of reducing emissions and meeting climate change targets. This journey requires rapid technological development as well as infrastructure and enabling conditions aided by policy and market conditions at the same pace.

This presentation takes account of some of the developments highlighting areas in need of attention.


Dr. Janjua holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dalarna, Sweden and a PhD in material sciences from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. He joined the steel industry in 2002 and has been involved in process technology, product application, energy, recycling, process yield and maintenance and reliability. He is head of technology at World Steel Association and is responsible for leading worldsteel’s activities in the field of technology, manufacturing excellence, expert groups and benchmarking systems. He is secretary to the worldsteel Technology Committee (TECO), and leads the Step Up program which is aimed at improvements in mill operations.

He led the flagship project ‘Premature Wear of Copper Staves in Blast Furnaces’ investigating ways of extending campaign-life of blast furnaces by minimising stave wear – the outcomes are highly acclaimed and frequently cited in publications.

He has represented the steel industry in technical discussions on energy and climate change at IEA, IRENA and OECD and reviewed several technical reports.