Severstal Confirms Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target
Leading Russian steel maker PJSC Severstal has developed an energy efficiency strategy that will largely ensure the achievement of the company's
Leading Russian steel maker PJSC Severstal has developed an energy efficiency strategy that will largely ensure the achievement of the company's goal of reducing the company's greenhouse gases by 3% by 2023. Severstal CEO Mr Alexander Shevelev said “With the company's goal to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions by 3% by 2023 compared to the level of 2020, most of the goal has already been confirmed by the investment program. In particular, the energy efficiency strategy of CherMK will ensure more than 50% of the goals. At CherMK, a strategy has been developed that is capable of providing new units not at the expense of purchased electricity, but at its own generation and optimization of consumption. At the same time, the task will be solved with the observance of the ecological component.”
In the list of measures designed to increase the share of its own electricity, those that have already been included in the company's investment plan and are in varying degrees of implementation. Among the most significant for CherMK are technical re-equipment with modernization of turbine generator No 7 and construction of boiler unit No 11; modernization of GUBT-25 with replacement of the turbine and installation of GUBT behind the new blast furnace No 3. There are four more major projects in the planning stage: modernization of turbine units TG-6 and TG-3 at CHPP-PVS, turbine units TG-1 and TG-2 at CHPP -EVS-2. Thus, CherMK by 2023 intends to approach the target of 95% of its own production of the total demand. At the end of 2020, it amounted to 80.9% & 78% in 2019
A number of measures are also aimed at achieving this goal, which optimizes energy consumption, in particular, in the pumping and compressor facilities of CherMK. These projects are included in the large program of re-equipment of CherMK's energy facilities. At the same time, the annual power generation will grow to 5,486 million kW due to the utilization of industrial gases from coke oven and blast furnace, since the operation of new generation sources is planned to be ensured by utilization of secondary energy resources.
The total economic effect upon reaching 95% of its own production will amount to 2.7 billion rubles a year. This will also give an environmental effect: greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by more than 270 thousand tonnes of CO2 per year by reducing natural gas consumption, reducing gas afterburning on a candle, and reducing the purchase of third-party electricity. In particular, following the implementation of the investment program, Severstal plans to increase the utilization of secondary gases for electricity generation by more than 20%. Moreover, with the company's goal to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions by 3% by 2023 compared to the level of 2020, the reduction in pollutant emissions will be up to 12,000 tonnes per year.
At CherMK in 2020 and 2021 received the first products at new blast furnace No 3 and the first block of the coke oven battery complex No 11. In the near future, steel-arc furnace No 1 will be put into operation. Additional capacities require an increase in the volume of electricity. The company's energy efficiency strategy will meet this need, while the work of new generation sources is planned to be ensured through the utilization of secondary energy resources.
Severstal’s climate change targets
By 2023, to reduce GHG emissions intensity by 3% compared with 2020
By 2025, to reduce total atmospheric emission of pollutants by 13%