9 February 2022, London – Today B+M Steel, Eiffage Métal France and Skanska UK join SteelZero pledging to procure, specify and stock 100% net zero steel by 2050. This includes an interim commitment of using 50% responsibly produced steel by 2030, setting out a clear pathway to meet the net zero target.
B+M Steel and Skanska UK represent a significant proportion of the UK steel market. They join a strong cohort of UK SteelZero members which include Grosvenor Property UK, Severfield, William Hare and WSP UK. Eiffage Métal France, of which SteelZero member Smulders is a subsidiary, builds upon a growing base of European SteelZero members. This is a significant target region for SteelZero as the EU represents the second biggest global steel demand after Asia-Pacific.
SteelZero is a global initiative led by Climate Group, a global non-profit, in partnership with ResponsibleSteel. It brings together leading businesses to speed up the transition to a net zero steel industry.
Mike Peirce, Director of Corporate Partnerships of Climate Group, said: “We welcome B+M Steel, Eiffage Métal France and Skanska UK to the initiative as they’re key specifiers and stockholders of steel in the UK and European market. Expansion of the membership in the UK and Europe creates greater opportunities for collaboration, strengthens the influence of SteelZero and ultimately reinforces the demand signal for responsibly produced steel.”
As global production of crude steel has tripled over the past 50 years, SteelZero is prioritising recruitment of members in key global markets in 2022. Expanding the SteelZero membership in the UK and Europe is critical to driving global demand for net zero steel.
Mike Walton, CEO of B+M Steel, said: “It’s a real pleasure to join SteelZero. At the B+M Group we have been working hard to reduce our carbon footprint over the last 5 years, and whilst we’ve managed to reduce this by 50%, the move to zero carbon steel will be, by far, the most significant change we can make to our business. The discussions and ideas that we have generated in the short time since we have been members of SteelZero, gives us lots more to do and we are very excited to be working with industry leaders on making further improvements to our business that will continue to make a positive impact on our world.”
Jean-Baptiste Leglene, QPSE Director of Eiffage Métal France, said: “Eiffage Métal France is very proud to join SteelZero and to drive demand for net zero steel. We’re carried by our value ‘making the difference’, to drive low carbon actions with our employees, partners and suppliers in order to avoid the disastrous effect of climate change.”
Adam Crossley, Director of Environment of Skanksa UK, said “Skanska UK is committed to operating with net-zero emissions across our direct and supply chain operations no later than 2045. The emissions for all the materials we use is a key part of this, with steel playing a huge role in modern construction. As a result we are delighted to commit to SteelZero in the UK as part of a growing industry movement to build demand for zero emissions materials and achieve net-zero emissions construction.”
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