Outokumpu commits to more stringent climate target

03 May 2021

Outokumpu, a world-leading stainless steel manufacturer, has updated its sustainability strategy and aims to become the industry benchmark for sustainability. The company commits to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C objective according to Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative, clearly raising its earlier climate objectives. 

“With the commitment to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C, we are not only enabling our customers to decarbonize their value chains, but also want to set the benchmark for a bright and sustainable stainless steel industry,” says Heikki Malinen, President and CEO of Outokumpu. 

The amount of the company specific CO2 emission reductions will be determined during the approval process with the SBT organization. The new reduction target will not affect the earlier announced capital expenditure in 2021–2022. 

Outokumpu’s long-term climate target is to reduce its direct and indirect CO2 emissions as well as those of its supply chain (scopes 1, 2 and 3) to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Outokumpu is well on track to reach its current climate target of cutting emissions by 20% by 2023 from the 2014–2016 baseline after 17% reductions in emissions by the end of last year. 

Outokumpu has reduced its emissions by increasing the share of recycled material in stainless steel production to more than 90%. In addition, the company has increased the share of low-carbon electricity in its energy consumption, improved energy efficiency and reduced transport emissions. 

Outokumpu is the first stainless steel producer to commit to the SBT initiative and has already been a member since 2016, when the company’s earlier 2°C climate objectives were approved. 

Courtesy of Outokumpu.