ESEC 2014 aimed to set out the strategy for a sustainable steel industry, and combines three previous events: The International Conference on Clean Technologies in the Steel Industry, The International Conference on Energy Efficiency and CO2 Reduction in the Steel Industry, and The International Conference on Materials Efficiency and Product Life Cycles in the Steel Industry. The event had four main themes:
  • Clean Technology - reducing environmental impacts and emissions to meet and go beyond current best practice targets and to meet the requirements of future regulations
  • Energy Efficiency and CO2 Reduction - how the steel industry can contribute to a low carbon economy, including developments such as ULCOS, AISI CO2, COURSE 50, biological/algae systems, carbon utilisation and energy efficiency
  • Material Efficiency - optimising raw material use and through-process yield, deploying integrated waste management and adopting industrial symbiosis towards zero waste operations
  • Product Life Cycles - demonstrating the key role of steel products in a sustainable society through deployment of LCA and life cycle thinking principles early in the product design.
The CRR's Rachel Waugh spoke on the role of remanufacturing in materials efficiency for the steel industry: remanufacturing is an example of material efficiency that is currently practiced for many steel-containing products. Rachel spoke on the potential benefits of remanufacturing and the role policy can play in incentivising or dis-incentivising remanufacturing. The event was a great opportunity for the steel industry and affiliates to come together and explore the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to a sustainable industry. We were pleased to see that remanufacturing and reuse was recognised in several presentations as an important component of the steel cycle. For more information on this event, please see the weblink.

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