German steel maker thyssenkrupp Steel Europe and domestic appliance maker Miele Group have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of climate-friendly steel from the direct reduction plant planned for 2026 at the Duisburg site. The first hydrogen-fueled direct reduction plant with downstream melters will have a capacity of over two million metric tons and will already reduce CO2 emissions at thyssenkrupp Steel by more than 20 percent. From the start-up of the plant, thyssenkrupp Steel will supply the leading manufacturer of premium home appliances with climate-friendly bluemint Steel. In subsequent years, the quantities purchased are to increase step by step, with Miele and thyssenkrupp aiming to switch 100% to bluemint Steel by 2030.The memorandum of understanding that has now been signed is also the expression of a long-standing partnership between thyssenkrupp Steel and Miele. This partnership is now being supplemented by the development of a joint sustainability concept through the supply of CO2-reduced steel.Miele has set itself the goal of reducing CO2 emissions of its appliances in the use phase (Scope 3 emissions according to the recognized criteria of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol standard) by a further 15% by 2030 compared to 2019. Since this accounts for the majority (85%) of Miele's emissions, it offers the greatest leverage for reducing emissionsMiele is the world's leading supplier of premium domestic appliances for cooking, baking, steam cooking, refrigeration/freezing, coffee preparation, dishwashing, laundry and floor care. In addition, the company makes dishwashers, air cleaners, washing machines and dryers for commercial use, as well as washer-disinfection and sterilization units for medical facilities and laboratories. Founded in 1899, the company has eight production sites in Germany, one plant each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Romania and Poland, as well as the two plants of the Italian medical technology subsidiary, the Steelco Group. Its headquarters is in Gütersloh, in the Westphalia region of Germany.