Synopsis:In 2022, the European Union and the UK generated a remarkable 38.5 million metric tonnes of ferrous slag, with an astonishing 99% of it finding utility in construction and fertilizers. The utilization of steel industry by-products has effectively replaced more than 1.1 billion tons of natural rock between 2000 and 2022. Additionally, the adoption of granulated blast furnace slag instead of Portland cement clinker has spared the atmosphere from 408 million metric tons of CO2 emissions during the same period.Article:In a pivotal environmental move, the European Association of ferrous slag producers and processors, Euroslag, reveals that the European Union and the UK turned out around 38.5 million metric tonnes of ferrous slag in 2022. A staggering 99% of this slag finds its primary use in construction and as fertilizers. This transformative shift is not only an ecological triumph but an economic one as well.Between 2000 and 2022, the steel industry's by-products have replaced more than 1.1 billion tons of natural rock. This significant reduction in rock extraction has a profound positive impact on the environment, conserving natural resources and diminishing the ecological footprint.Euroslag's data showcases a notable environmental achievement – the utilization of granulated blast furnace slag instead of Portland cement clinker has curbed the release of 408 million metric tons of CO2. This substantial reduction in carbon emissions aligns with global efforts to combat climate change.In 2022, blast furnace slag contributed 21.3 million metric tons of the 38.5 million metric tons of ferrous slag. Of this, 82.5% was incorporated into cement and concrete, 3.07 million metric tons enhanced traffic route construction, and 0.66 million metric tons found diverse applications. Steelmaking slag, amounting to 17.0 million metric tons, played a crucial role with 70.2% supporting traffic route construction, 2.20 million metric tons assisting in metallurgical work, 1.57 million metric tons utilized in fertilizers, and the remainder benefiting cement, concrete, and other applications.Thomas Reiche, the chairman of Euroslag and the managing director of the FEhS Building Materials Institute, underscores the importance of resource conservation and the reduction of CO2 emissions through the use of secondary raw materials, especially in construction. This approach has exceptional ecological and economic significance, providing a sustainable path forward.Conclusion:The remarkable impact of slags in replacing natural resources and averting carbon emissions is a testament to the steel industry's commitment to sustainability. By championing environmental responsibility, Euroslag and the steel industry lead the way in promoting resource conservation and reducing climate-damaging CO2 emissions.