Brussels Times reported that Belgium's Council of Ministers has agreed to make EUR 6 million available for the development of green steel based on a proposal from Energy Minister Ms Tinne Van der Straeten. According to Ms Van der Straeten, green steel is indispensable to make the switch to 100% renewable energy and running ahead pays off the most. He said “By going green faster, we anchor industry and jobs at home, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions.” The minister added “Green steel is the construction material of the future with which we will build our offshore wind turbines. The polluting blast furnaces disappear, steel production remains.” The grant, which is part of the federal hydrogen strategy, comes from the European Recovery Fund. Belgium has one major steel producer in ArcelorMittal. The company already announced last year that it was investing EUR 1.1 billion in green steel furnaces at its site in Ghent, marking one of the largest climate investments ever made in Belgium.