September 14, 2022
Today, ResponsibleSteel, a collaboration between leading steel companies and NGO’s, is launching ResponsibleSteel International Standard 2.0 to drive a shift to a decarbonized industry. Key features of the standard include achieving the “fastest global transition to a near zero steel sector” and provisions to prevent burning forests at a large scale (biomass) instead of coal, helping ensure that the steel industry of the future is powered by clean energy.
Glenn Hurowitz, CEO and Founder at Mighty Earth said:
“Mighty Earth is proud to be a stakeholder in what will soon become the global standard for low emission and responsibly sourced steel.”
“It’s a major success that the standard recognizes that deforestation has no place in the steel industry’s future by limiting charcoal, wood and biomass used in steelmaking to existing Forest Stewardship Council-certified plantations. Sacrificing hundreds of millions of acres of forest for energy is anything but clean, and the standard fortunately avoids this trap.
“With steel production increasing, we urge steelmakers to invest in the next generation methods, including renewable electricity-powered electric arc furnaces and green hydrogen that can produce steel without relying on coal.“
 Values extracted from LCA here: https://publications.csiro.au/rpr/download?pid=csiro:EP104971&dsid=DS
It estimates 10.6 tons of tree are needed to produce 1 ton of charcoal and plantations yield 10-30 t/ha/year. This paper estimated that for 20% substitution of world BF/BoF. 870MT total and at 10.6 t/ha/y need 127 million hectares. At 30 t/ha/year need 43 million hectares/year.