Dillinger: Green Steel Revolution Unveiled

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Steel processors delve into the sustainability journey as Andreas Thieme from Dillinger explores CO₂ reduction strategies in steel production. At a recent lecture event, Thieme outlined the path towards climate neutrality for Dillinger and Saarstahl through PureSteel+, targeting a substantial 55% reduction in CO₂ emissions by 2030. The ambitious two-stage plan aims to deliver green steel to customers by 2027/28, making the Saarland steel industry a pioneering force in climate-friendly steel production and regional hydrogen innovation.


In the evolving landscape of steel production, the quest for sustainability takes center stage, prompting steel processors to explore innovative approaches. Andreas Thieme, the mind behind Marketing Business Development Green Steel at Dillinger, illuminated the path toward a greener future during a lecture event hosted by the SLV welding technology training and testing institutes in Mannheim and Saarbrücken on January 24.

At the heart of the discourse was the exploration of how CO₂ reduction becomes a tangible reality in steel production. Thieme not only demonstrated the mechanisms for measurement and certification but also envisioned the future definition of green steel. The focus of the lecture extended beyond theoretical frameworks, providing a practical insight into how Dillinger and Saarstahl are steering their production processes towards climate neutrality with the introduction of PureSteel+.

Dillinger, with a longstanding commitment to sustainability through heavy plate products for renewable energy projects, now amplifies its efforts with PureSteel+. This initiative sets in motion a production process geared towards maximum sustainability, intending to manufacture the most eco-friendly steel products. The transformative journey unfolds through a two-stage plan, with the bold ambition of supplying customers with green steel by 2027/28.

The first phase involves the conversion of 70% of production capacity, coupled with a strategic reduction in pig iron production. This concerted effort is projected to result in an impressive 55% reduction in CO₂ emissions by 2030, signaling a significant stride towards a more sustainable future. The commitment doesn't stop there; Dillinger envisions achieving climate neutrality in production by 2045 at the latest.

This monumental transformation project positions the Saarland steel industry as a trailblazer, assuming the mantle of a technology leader and innovation driver in the realm of climate-friendly steel production. Beyond the confines of steel, it extends its influence to propel the regional hydrogen economy into new frontiers.


The journey towards green steel undertaken by Dillinger and Saarstahl is not just a transformation within their production processes; it's a commitment to redefining industry norms. The ambitious goals set for CO₂ reduction and climate neutrality showcase the determination to innovate and lead in the pursuit of sustainable steel production. As pioneers in this endeavor, the Saarland steel industry not only contributes to a greener future but also sets a precedent for others to follow.

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