Decarbonization is often associated with the transformation of energy and transport sectors only. However many more sectors will be affected and industrial emissions are among the most difficult when it comes to greenhouse gas emission reduction.

According to the article of ArcelorMittal’s aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Europe by 30%. by 2030 and to be climate neutral by 2050. This affects the Polish operations as well. One technology that can help the company to achieve its goal is to implement hydrogen technology, which should replace coal in the blast furnace process.

The challenge is complex: green hydrogen is not yet available and it will require new technologies and enough green electricity available. And of course it will come at a very high cost.

ArcelorMittal Poland says that the technological transformation of its plant in Dąbrowa Górnicza is planned in accordance with the transition to both electrical and hydrogen technologies. At the same time they do not think the transition will be possible without supporting legislative and financial instruments.

The positive news is that the European Union’s new budget reserved significant funds to support the transition of not only the energy priduction but also the impacted industrial sectors.

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