Hamilton, Ontario — General Motors announced last week plans to shift its North American production lines toward more recycled and sustainably-produced steel, courtesy of Hamilton’s long-standing ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant.
This steel, which is sold under the brand name of XCarb, is ArcelorMittal’s way of contributing to the reduction of carbon in steel production, which is often considered one of the most energy-intensive industries worldwide.
The company says that its XCarb steel contains between 70 and 90 percent scrap and while benefiting OEMs like GM who purchase it, also advances ArcelorMittal’s own goal of cutting carbon emissions at its Hamilton plant by 60 percent through innovative steel production processes such as this.
“This is a terrific first step in supplying steel with substantially lower CO2 emissions to automakers in North America,” says ArcelorMittal’s CMO of automotive, Peter Leblanc.
“As a global leader in the steel industry, we are making smarter steels for people and the planet, and XCarb RRP is one of the smartest steels around. It is not the result of clever accounting or offsets—it is steel with physically lower CO2 emissions, which will help drive the achievement of ArcelorMittal’s goal to be carbon neutral.
“We are proud to join GM in their march toward a zero emissions future.”
For its part, GM’s v-p of global purchasing and supply chain, Jeff Morrison, said the deal “highlights how strong supplier relationships can help build a better, more sustainable future.”