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Red dirt, yellow sun, green steel: how Australia could benefit from a global shift to emissions-free steel

23rd March 2022

by John Pye, Alireza Rahbari, Emma Aisbett, Frank Jotzo and Zsuzsanna Csereklyei

Australia is the world’s number one exporter of both iron ore and metallurgical coal, the key ingredients of traditional steel making. Together, these materials make up a very large part of Australia’s export income.

But as the world moves towards net-zero emissions by 2050, the conventional way of making steel, using coal to power a blast furnace, will come under question.

Our new research shows the steel industry can develop and implement green steel production processes to contribute to the great decarbonisation effort needed. For Australia, this presents an enormous new opportunity to future-proof and expand our steel industry as the world acts on climate change.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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