BHP Group and ArcelorMittal test carbon capture at European and US steelworks By Reuters

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LONDON (Reuters) – BHP Group is teaming up with steelmaker ArcelorMittal and two others to test new technology to reduce carbon emissions in steelmaking at two plants in Belgium and North America.

The trials, at ArcelorMittal’s steel blast furnace in Gent, Belgium and another plant in North America, also involve Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHIENG), which developed the carbon capture technology, and Mitsubishi Development Pty , another supplier of steelmaking coal.

By releasing more than 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, the steel industry accounts for 7 to 9% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“What’s really exciting about this partnership is that…it’s not a desktop exercise but a real-world application in a working factory,” said Vandita Pant, commercial director of BHP.

The world’s number one mine produced more than 37 million tonnes of metallurgical coal, an essential ingredient for producing steel, during the financial year ended in June.

Major mining companies have partnered with technology companies and other supply chain players to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint and help reduce emissions in some of the most energy-intensive industries.

BHP’s partnerships, for example, also include one with India’s Tata Steel, which uses biomass as an energy source.

“There is no silver bullet, there is no single path or technology to reduce carbon emissions in the steel industry,” Pant said.

“We span many different technologies and geographies with these partnerships … to enable GHG emission reductions in steel and support carbon intensity reductions in blast furnaces,” Pant said.

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