German steel distributor Klöckner & Co is the first Company worldwide to have its net zero carbon reduction targets approved in the regular process as science-based in accordance with the latest standards of the Science Based Targets initiative. Following up on the successful validation of the near-term targets several weeks ago, both the long-term and the net zero targets have now also been officially approved. All reduction targets are thus based on the latest scientific findings and are consistent with the strict requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degree Celsius.In the long term, by 2040, Klöckner & Co will eliminate its Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions in line with the SBTi requirements for net zero – meaning emissions associated with the business itself, such as from Company-owned vehicles and purchased energy. In Scope 1 and 2 alone, this will enable the Company to save some 90,000 tons of carbon per year in its own emissions. With regard to Scope 3, the Company will almost completely eliminate directly controllable emissions (such as from business travel) by 2040 and emissions that are only indirectly controllable (such as from purchased goods and services) by 2050. In line with the newest SBTi standards, Klöckner & Co has thus committed to reducing emissions in the entire value chain to net zero by 2050.Klöckner & Co is utilizing the strategic opportunities presented by decarbonization. In its strategy, the Company has made sustainable solutions an integral part of its business model and is building a sustainable range of products and services. With a total of four partnerships for the supply of green steel already in place, Klöckner & Co has ensured that it will already be able to provide customers with green products and meet the high demand within this year. Klöckner & Co has also developed a categorization metric for green and low-carbon steel so that customers can directly see the carbon footprint of a carbon-reduced product purchased from the Company. The scale is rooted in international, science-based standards and categorizes low-carbon steel according to the certified emissions generated along the entire value chain, from resource extraction to production. By classifying products into six categories, the Company has created an easy way to reliably assess and compare the carbon footprint of green steel. Klöckner & Co will be able to provide low-carbon steel in various categories of the scale by the end of 2022. Klöckner & Co aims for the two lowest-carbon-footprint categories to account for over 30% of its entire range by 2025 and 50% by 2030. This equates to a reduction in carbon emissions by some four million tons.Klöckner & Co is one of the largest producer-independent distributors of steel and metal products and one of the leading steel service companies. Based on its distribution and service network of around 140 locations in 13 countries, Klöckner & Co supplies more than 100,000 customers.