Good news: steel yourself!
Everyone knows that emissions from steel production will be extremely hard to abate.
A report from the Global Energy Monitor finds that the steel industry is starting to face “the reality of decarbonisation”. Carbon Brief gives the skinny:
“There has been a 68% increase in the number of EAF* developments announced over the last year, with 286m tonnes per year (Mtpa) of capacity under development compared with just 170Mtpa a year earlier. Of the new development capacity announced before 2021, 78% uses BF-BOF± technology and 22% uses EAF. Since 2021, 48% uses BF-BOF and 52% uses EAF.”
You can read the full article at: https://www.carbonbrief.org/steel-industry-makes-pivotal-shift-towards-lower-carbon-production/
*Electric arc furnace, a potentially less carbon-intensive method of steel production than
±Blast furnace – basic oxygen furnace
Yet more good news: electricity generation is actually changing!
A great article from Carbon Brief picks up a report from Ember showing that electricity generation in the EU is changing for the better.
Carbon Brief: “The amount of electricity generated by fossil fuels across the European Union (EU) fell to its lowest level since records began in the first six months of 2023, according to a new report from energy analysts Ember. Electricity generated from coal collapsed by 23% and gas fell by 13%, compared with the same period a year earlier. At the same time, solar generation increased by 13% and wind power output by 5%.
This allowed 17 EU countries to generate record shares of power from renewables. Greece and Romania both passed 50% renewables for the first time, while Denmark and Portugal both surpassed 75% renewables.”
More of that, please.
Full details from Carbon Brief are available at: https://www.carbonbrief.org/eus-use-of-fossil-fuels-for-electricity-falls-17-to-record-low-in-first-half-of-2023/
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