Europe’s leading merchant-rolled steelmaker, and one of the leading producers of merchant bars, with operations in Italy, France, Switzerland, and Romania AFV Beltrame Group has launched Chalibria, a certified carbon neutral steel, accelerating the transition to climate neutrality. For this reason, AFV Beltrame Group has defined as a central element of its strategy a decarbonisation plan and a precise agenda to reduce its CO2 emissions by 2030. To achieve this objective, four macro groups of activities have been identified in the decarbonisation plan:A) Production Efficiency: Ever since being founded, AFV Beltrame Group has invested in the reduction of energy consumption: efficiency and reduction of production costs has always been a competitive factor. The Group wants to continue on this path and has strengthened its production efficiency strategy by modernizing its gas reheating furnaces, designing and implementing heat recovery systems and installing digital control systems.B) Circular Economy: The company is constantly concerned with improving the quality of scrap and other raw materials, reusing waste from production processes (steel mill slag finds internal uses or undergoes certified processes for aggregate production, creating the conditions to meet green procurement requirements in the construction supply chain by replacing raw materials, such as gravel or sand) and by replacing raw materials with recycled materials (e.g. recycled polymer used to replace coal or scrap tyres, thus promoting the recycling of products that would otherwise be destined for landfill). These solutions have enabled the Group to strengthen its efforts to reduce waste and by-products sent to landfill, favouring their recovery in cycles, inside or outside the plants, covering today about 90% of the total.C) Green Energy Supply: the Group wants to increase the amount of green energy used by building renewable energy plants for self-consumption and bilateral “Power Purchase Agreements”. Among the main initiatives undertaken is “Renewability”, a community of renewable energy consumers set up in 2022 with two other companies. The consortium Company thus created aims to invest in the construction of renewable energy generation plants and supply the electricity produced by the plants to each member.D) Hydrogen projects: AFV Beltrame Group is also monitoring and preparing for developments in the use of green hydrogen as a fuel. AFV Beltrame Group’s furnaces are already configured to use hydrogen as a fuel mixed with natural gas.The name Chalibria comes from the Latin “Chalybs” (steel) an homage to the ancient Chalybes, considered by the classics to be the originators of steelmaking. Adding ‘libra’ (balance, equilibrium), Chalibria was born: steel in balance. A balance also represented by the three C’s in the logo (Carbon neutral – Circular – Commitment) which once again illustrates the circularity of value that is characteristic of the AFV Beltrame group’s activity.