Universities making steel industry carbon neutral

A seven-year programme will include three universities working with steelmakers to make steel manufacturing carbon neutral.

The £35 million Sustain programme will be led by Swansea University, partnered with the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick, and involves more than twenty partners across the UK steel industry.

The aim of Sustain is to transform the whole steel supply chain, making it cleaner, greener and smarter, and more responsive to the fast-changing needs of customers.

The work of Sustain is projected to double UK steel manufacturers’ gross value added (GVA) by 2030, boost jobs in the industry to 35,000 and increase productivity by 15 per cent.

Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, steel expert at Swansea University and Sustain’s deputy director, said: “Research and innovation are the bedrock of a modern steel industry. This network represents almost the whole UK steel sector, with researchers and companies working together on an unprecedented scale. Here in Swansea, we’re proud to lead it.”

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