Leading Swedish steel maker SSAB has started a partnership with leading mining and infrastructure industry supplier Epiroc on fossil-free steel that Epiroc plans to use in its mining equipment production. Epiroc will initially use the fossil-free steel for material for a prototype underground machine produced at its facility in Örebro in Sweden. The plan is to increase the usage of fossil-free steel over time.SSAB aims to deliver fossil-free steel to the market in commercial scale during 2026, and delivered the first steel made of hydrogen-reduced iron in 2021. SSAB works with iron ore producer LKAB and energy company Vattenfall as part of the HYBRIT initiative to develop a value chain for fossil-free iron- and steel production, replacing coking coal traditionally needed for iron ore-based steelmaking, with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen. This process virtually eliminates carbon dioxide-emissions in steel production.Epiroc’s 2030 sustainability goals include halving its CO2e emissions in transport as well as from relevant suppliers, having 90% renewable energy in own operations, and offering a full range of emissions-free products.