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Cliffs reaches emissions goals early, sets new targets

Written by Laura Miller

After achieving its 2030 greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets well ahead of schedule, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. has set new reduction goals.

Cliffs had previously committed to reducing its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 25%, relative to 2017 levels, by 2030. The Cleveland-based steelmaker said on Friday that it’s already achieved that goal.

“Cleveland-Cliffs has achieved unquestionable success in reducing GHG emissions, by more than we anticipated and way ahead of our original 2030 target date,” Chairman, President, and CEO Lourenco Goncalves said in a statement. “Our outperformance has given us the ability to further pursue more ambitious and very relevant new challenges.”

As a result, the company has set new goals for reducing emissions. By 2035, relative to 2023 levels, Cliffs plans to reduce GHG emissions intensity per metric ton of crude steel by 30% for scope 1 and 2 emissions and by 20% for scope 3.

Cliffs said the main drivers in the reductions will be the previously announced projects at its Middletown, Ohio, and Butler, Pa., plants. Those undertakings include replacing the Middletown blast furnace with a direct-reduced iron (DRI) plant and two electric melting furnaces (EMFs). At Butler Works, it plans to replace natural-gas fired high-temp slab reheat furnaces with four electrified induction slab reheat furnaces.

Additional reductions will be achieved “by other operational initiatives and energy-efficiency enhancement projects,” the company said.

Additionally, Cliffs set a longer-term goal of reducing scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions to near net zero by 2050.

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