DecarbEurope unites decision makers and industry for efficient energy production and consumption
The European Copper Institute (ECI) has launched a new sustainable energy initiative that will connect technologies, policies and markets with the goal of decarbonizing Europe. DecarbEurope will engage decision makers in both the policy and industry sectors to provide cost-effective technical solutions that can each reduce European greenhouse gas emissions by several hundred million tonnes per year.
“Industrial companies are at the forefront in taking responsibility for their contribution to climate change, for their carbon footprints and for the energy consumption of their products,” said Hans De Keulenaer, director of energy and electricity for ECI. “The European copper industry has demonstrated a long commitment to reducing its own energy consumption. Now, we are enlarging this leadership role by providing a multi-faceted roadmap for decarbonization.”
DecarbEurope provides concrete solutions that are technology-based, cost-effective and scalable. These ambitious targets promote a smart and user-centric energy system by utilizing technologies that are ready for market but currently face some regulatory or technological barriers. ECI vows to act as a connector between manufacturers and policymakers to remove some of these barriers and to unlock the significant contribution these solutions can bring to the EU’s energy and climate objectives. The initiative also recognizes the need for a strong and systematic focus on energy efficiency when designing, installing, commissioning and operating energy solutions.
“Our goal is to create an open opportunity for industry representatives, policy makers and other stakeholders to work toward responsible energy consumption, carbon reduction and economic growth,” said Fleming Voetmann, vice president of public affairs at the International Copper Association (ICA). “Together we can make a significant contribution to a low-carbon energy transition.”
ICA and ECI are part of the Copper Alliance®, a federation of copper promotion centers that collectively represent the world’s copper industry. The Copper Alliance is active in more than 60 countries.
Copper plays a crucial role in the transition to a sustainable and efficient energy environment. Its natural properties of high conductivity, recyclability and reliability make it a key component for increasing the efficiency of equipment or integrating renewable technology into energy systems. Using one additional kilogram of copper in a device (e.g., a generator, transformer or motor) can reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime by 100 to 7,500 kilograms, depending on the application, generating energy savings of 24 to 2,400 EUR (or about 26 to 2,600 USD).
About International Copper Association (ICA)
ICA brings together the global copper industry to develop and defend markets for copper and to make a positive contribution to society’s sustainable development goals. Headquartered in New York, ICA has offices in four primary regions: Asia, Europe and Africa, Latin America and North America. Copper Alliance® programs and initiatives are executed in nearly 60 countries through its regional offices. For additional information please visit copperalliance.org.
About European Copper Institute (ECI)
ECI—founded in 1996 and based in Brussels—coordinates a team of 38 professionals based in 10 offices across Europe and works closely with its copper industry members on regulatory matters and market-development programs. ECI is part of the Copper Alliance, which brings together the global copper industry to develop and defend markets for copper and to make a positive contribution to society’s sustainable development goals Read more about ECI on www.copperalliance.eu
Outokumpu has commissioned an investment in its bar finishing capabilities for Degerfors Long Products in Sweden. The investment comprises a new pit furnace, straightener, peeler as well as bar stock services. These investments have been installed during spring and will be in operation during June 2017.
Outokumpu is now able to offer stainless heavy bar in size range 70 to 300 mm with peeled surface condition. The new peeling line increases the size range of the peeled heavy bar and billet offering as well as enhances the capabilities to serve the customers requiring high surface quality.
Outokumpu has invested in stock services for the bar product range to ensure quick deliveries within Europe. The stock service enables lead times of 2 weeks within Europe and even shorter deliveries in Nordic countries. The customers are also able to order smaller batch sizes from stock when needed.
Says Olle Källgren, head of Degerfors Long Products, Sweden: “The investment will open up new possibilities to serve seamless tube customers as well as European and Asian based distributors requiring special bar and billet in larger dimensions. Degerfors Long Products has in-depth material knowledge of stainless steel and its end-use applications. We help customers to select right grade for the specific conditions.”
Degerfors Long Products is specialized in stainless steel grades for the most demanding applications. The offering contains austenitic, ferritic, duplex and precipitation hardened grades in Outokumpu Forta, Ultra and Therma ranges as well as Prodec range products for superior machinability. The unit has also NORSOK approved duplex grades specially designed for Oil & Gas industry.
Outokumpu has a century of experience in creating efficient, long-lasting, and recyclable stainless steels. Our global offering includes quality-critical long products for the buildings and infrastructures. Our Long Products sites are located in the US, the UK, and Sweden, and are known for their high quality products, flexibility, and world-class delivery performance. Read more about Outokumpu Long Products offering at outokumpu.com/longproducts
Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel. We create advanced materials that are efficient, long lasting and recyclable – thus building a world that lasts forever. Stainless steel, invented a century ago, is an ideal material to create lasting solutions in demanding applications from cutlery to bridges, energy and medical equipment: it is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic. Outokumpu employs 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq
The latest Outokumpu stainless steel innovations, high-chromium ferritic stainless steel grade Core 4622 (EN 1.4622) and high-chromium austenitic stainless steel grade Supra 316plus (EN 1.4420) have been granted European patents in March 2017.
Both products have been developed in Outokumpu’s R&D Center in Tornio, Finland. It has taken only four years from market introduction in 2013 to a patented product. These grades answer to customer demand for products with enhanced properties and stable raw material cost.
Says Mikko Ylitalo, Chief Technology Officer at Outokumpu: “These grades are suitable for wide range of applications. Ferritic Core 4622 has excellent deep-drawability, and it is very good choice for example for pots and pan makers as it is virtually roping free. Selecting Core 4622 speeds up our customer’s production process as final product requires less polishing. Supra 316plus offers great alternative for customers who are looking for better corrosion resistance and strength than 316L/1.4404. One example of such application is LNG, where Supra 316plus offers great corrosion resistance and superior strength and ductility performance in cryogenic temperatures.”
Outokumpu has a long legacy in innovations. The very first austenitic, duplex and martensitic grades were invented at Outokumpu plants in Germany, Sweden and the UK. Receiving patents for Supra 316plus and Core 4622 demonstrates the continuous innovation legacy of Outokumpu.
Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel. We create advanced materials that are efficient, long lasting and recyclable – thus building a world that lasts forever. Stainless steel, invented a century ago, is an ideal material to create lasting solutions in demanding applications from cutlery to bridges, energy and medical equipment: it is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic. Outokumpu employs some 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq