Energy efficiency and climate protection
Independently of emissions trading that commenced on January 1, 2005 in all EU countries, the German steel industry entered into a self-imposed commitment in May 2001 to reduce specific CO2 emissions in the period from 1990 to 2012 by 22 percent. Salzgitter Flachstahl has already made a considerable contribution to the reduction in CO2 emissions achieved to date. Various measures introduced at Salzgitter have resulted in a decrease in emissions of approximately 20 percent between 1990 and the present day.
Since 2009, within the context of the EnergyEfficiency project, savings potentials have been systematically identified and energy consumption reduced accordingly.
Our great energy efficiency is largely due to the production of cogeneration gases that derive from the coking plant, blast furnace and steel plant and are harnessed to generate electricity in our own power plant. Drawing on an energy control system, the power plant monitors the energy flows continuously and ensures that energy is used efficiently.
We generate more than 95 percent of our energy produced in the power plant from cogeneration gases and process steam, which occur as byproducts in our integrated steelworks.
The Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH was awarded for the fourth time for their energy efficiency from the german energy agency (dena). This time with the label "Best Practice Energy Efficiency". Basis were the improved processes to coat steel coils. It was possible to reduce the natural gas consumption for strip coating by 25 % since 2013.