20 Nov 2017

Kick-off Workshop for the IEA Global Iron & Steel Technology Roadmap



The International Energy Agency (IEA) is kicking-off a new Technology Roadmap to set out a vision and priority actions for technologies and strategies in the iron & steel sector in the context of IEA long-term sustainable scenarios. Steel is a vital material in modern economies and global demand for steel is expected to continue to grow to meet rising social and economic welfare needs. Meeting growing steel demand presents challenges as it steers between environmental and competitiveness pressures and opportunities. Through innovation enabled through private-public collaborative efforts, the iron & steel sector has a major opportunity to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, develop more sustainable products and enhance its competitiveness.

 To provide strategic insights to this project, the IEA hosted a workshop on 20 November 2017 in Paris. The workshop brought together leading steel experts and key stakeholders from industry, government and the research community. The workshop explored the challenges the iron & steel sector is facing today and the innovative technologies and strategies that are being explored to improve the environmental sustainability of steel production.



David Turk, International Energy Agency

IEA Roadmaps series, introduction to the Global Iron & Steel Roadmap

Simone Landolina, International Energy Agency

Araceli Fernandez, International Energy Agency 

Session 1: State-of-play of the iron & steel industry from an energy perspective


Jean-Theo Ghenda, The European Steel Association

Panel speakers:

Andrew Purvis, Worldsteel Association – Worldsteel Association – Global perspective

Li Xinchuang, China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute – Chinese perspective 

Michael M. Sortwell, American Iron and Steel Institute – US perspective

Karl Buttiens, ArcelorMittal – Making sense of steel industry data

Session 2: Resource efficiency and product value chains optimisation in the iron & steel industry


Andrew Purvis, Worldsteel Association

Panel speakers:

Jonathan Cullen, Cambridge University – Resource efficiency in the steel industry

Stanley Santos, Tata Steel – Valorisation of works arising gases and CO2 

Carl De Mare, ArcelorMittal – The impact of raw materials quality in the production of steel slag

Sahar Salame, ArcelorMittal - The Dunkirk district cluster, an industrial symbiosis demo site

Session 3: Low-carbon alternative technologies in iron & steel


Jean Pierre Birat, IF Steelman

Panel speakers:

Koen Meijer, Tata Steel - Tata Steel - HIsarna

Thomas Berly, International Energy Agency – CO2 transport and storage

Donald Sadoway, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Molten oxide electrolysis

Yong-Sik Jeong, Posco – GHG reduction activities

Session 4: Overcoming the barriers to the iron & steel sector’s sustainable transformation


Christopher Beauman, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Panel speakers:

Gianpiero Nacci, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development – Financing the iron & steel sustainable transformation

Anna Thorsell, Swedish Energy Agency - Transformative steel supportive programmes in Sweden

Graham Winkelman, BHP Billiton – CCS activities and engagement