ArcelorMittal Europe – flat products has been presented with an ener.con AWARD 2014 for its work in low impact steelmaking.
Recognised in the “energy efficiency strategy and management framework” category, ArcelorMittal was commended in particular for its Energize project which aims to substantially reduce the energy consumption of ArcelorMittal’s Flat Carbon Europe mills by 2016.
Veronica Chiper, who leads the Energize project at ArcelorMittal, accepted the award on behalf of the company:
“We are very proud that our achievements have been recognised with this award, which is the fruit of a lot of Europe-wide team work. As the Energize project is now halfway through its four-year plan to reduce energy consumption by 9% in ArcelorMittal’s flat steel-producing sites, this is a real boost to everyone involved - it is a testament to our hard work and further motivation to achieve our ambitious target”.
The award ceremony was held as part of ener.con’s “Energy Efficiency & Total Plant Asset Management” conference held in Berlin on 20-21 March 2014 and attended by around 120 companies.
In winning the award, €2,000 was donated on behalf of ArcelorMittal to the charity Weltfriedensdienst, WFD e.V. to help make a difference to people living in isolated villages in Zimbabwe, through the development of sustainable agriculture.
Energize in a nutshell
ArcelorMittal launched the Energize programme in its flat steel sites in Europe, in 2012 as part of the company’s commitment to improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2-equivalent emissions. To date, the flat products segment in Europe has identified opportunities to reduce emissions as part of a €500m investment programme. Energize aims to reduce energy costs by sharing best practice across the flat steel segment. The programme focusses on projects which can be implemented quickly and which have a maximum payback time of three years. The programme is already showing results, with a 3.4% reduction in energy consumption during 2013 and a goal to reduce the energy consumption by 9% by the end of the four- year programme in 2016.
The programme focuses on consumption optimisation for both purchased and generated energies by identifying losses and levers for improvements. Energize helps the sites optimise their energy consumption (electricity, off-gases, natural gas, technical gases, steam, water and compressed air) in all production processes and transversal processes.
Today, all initiatives to improve energy efficiency, and to quantify the mills’ impact on ArcelorMittal Europe - flat products’ overall carbon footprint and energy consumption, are included in the project which combines earlier energy projects with new ideas.