Barcelona headquartered leading European steelmaker CELSA Group has reduced CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2) from its production plants by 22% since it began its decarburizations plans in 2015 and placed them in 2021 at 263 kg of Co2/t of steel, 36.8% below the average for the European Union steel sector. The company has published its 2021 sustainability report that includes CELSA GROUP’s strategy in this area, as well as its main indicators within the group.As stated in the report, the company, which in 2021 produced 6.6 million tonnes of steel, avoided the extraction and consumption of 13.1 million cubic meters of natural resources, the equivalent of the volume of 12.5 buildings such as the Empire State Building. This is possible thanks to its circular production system, using scrap as raw material that is melted in electric arc furnaces, which release 9 times less CO2 into the atmosphere than the same production made with the blast furnace system.Making the same comparison, in 2021, CELSA Group also avoided the consumption of 17 million cubic meters of water, comparable to the yearly consumption of a city of 350,000 inhabitants; and avoiding the consumption of 16,700 GWh/year of electricity, which is more than the yearly electricity consumption of Madrid and Barcelona together.In terms of emissions, CELSA Group’s production system avoided the emission of 12 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2021, the equivalent of 2.6 million cars running for a whole year without stopping.2021 activity milestonesIn 2021, the company, supported by a new strategic plan, has managed to capture significant growth in the steel sector, registering a record turnover of 5,283 million euros. In addition, the group contributed to the creation of 230 new direct jobs to reach a total of 11,929 professionals (own and subcontracted employees), partly thanks to the start-up of new facilities and the development of new products.Among the milestones of 2021 is the start-up of new facilities aimed at diversifying its business activity, generating sustainable growth and greater value with better returns for the group.Thus, the new Celsa France rolling mill stands out, which completed the installation in 2021 and began production in 2022, with a capacity of 0.55 million tons of rolled steel products per year and which generated around 140 new direct jobs and 420 indirect jobs, between France and Spain.Also, the extension of the rolling mill of structural sections in the facilities of CELSA Barcelona in Castellbisbal, which allows the production of type H600 beams, one of the largest in the market that are required for large structures and large-scale civil works. With this installation, the company has become the only manufacturer of this product in Spain and one of the only five in Europe.And finally, the start-up of the Global Steel Wire foundry workshop (Santander) with a state-of-the-art continuous casting team, in line with the strategy of providing high quality steel products and having the latest technological advances to improve quality and optimize production flexibility.In terms of investment in innovation, CELSA Group invested 23.5 million euros in R+D to develop new technologies and cutting-edge projects with which to lead the decarbonization of the steel sector, complete the circular supply chain and digitize systems and equipment, to be more competitive and energy efficient.CELSA Group has set the time horizon of 2050 to be a Net Positive company and 2030 to achieve a reduction in CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 50% (compared to 2019 in CO2 intensity). Regarding its circularity objectives, CELSA Group aims to reach 98% circularity by 2030 and complete circularity and be a Zero Waste company in 2050.