The Federal Ministry of Germany for Economic Affairs and Climate Action BMWK has granted around EUR 880,000 to German steelmaker Georgsmarienhütte’s EVAGMH decarbonization project for the first time. Georgsmarienhütte will build a bar tempering plant for the treatment of bar steel. The plant will use green electricity instead of natural gas, reducing carbon emissions and dependence on natural gas imports. The plant is scheduled to be put it into operation in mid-2023. In the funded project, the steel manufacturer GMH will set up an inductive individual bar tempering plant for the treatment of bar steel and put it into operation in mid-2023. In the energy-intensive heat treatment process, the metal is subjected to a heat treatment, cooled and reheated to make it particularly resistant. The new plant contributes to the decarbonization of the industry: the traditional quenching process, in which the furnace is fired with natural gas and generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, is now being switched to a quenching furnace powered by green electricity. This eliminates exhaust gases and increases energy efficiency.At this location alone, around 2,800 tons of CO2 can be avoided every year. This decarbonization method of the heat treatment process can basically be transferred to the entire steel industry: After a successful start, the large-scale plant can not only be installed in the company's own electric steel group of companies, but also in all metalworking companies.The funding decision for this project is the first in a series of funding projects in the primary and secondary steel industry as well as the chemical, glass, cement, paper and non-ferrous metal industries, which the BMWK is funding in the programs "Decarbonization in Industry" and " IPCEI Hydrogen” being prepared at the moment.