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Reducing steel’s CO2 by 95% – the H2 Green Steel experience

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 76

Listen in to hear Kajsa Ryttberg-Wallgren’s insights into the at-scale green steel project she’s tasked with and the potential for transforming the global steel value chain.

With every ton of steel emitting (on average) 1.85 tons of CO2, the industry contributes around 8% of CO2 globally. It’s also one of our most essential materials used across all developed and developing nations for infrastructure and construction projects and is inextricably linked to economic growth.

Listen to Alex’s conversation with Kajsa Ryttberg-Wallgren, EVP of the Hydrogen Business Unit at H2 Green Steel. Taking “the world doesn’t need another pilot” as a starting point, the conversation explores the company’s at-scale first project in Sweden and its emerging international portfolio, all of which focuses on reducing emissions from steel by 95% and will be producing 5m tonnes of green steel a year by 2030.

Other takeaways include exploring the reality of creating a green steel project when you have no legacy business, the need to fight for the best talent and where they’ve found it, along with thoughts on selecting and collaborating with the right partners for your model. You’ll also get the opportunity to hear from Kajsa on disrupting the future global steel supply chain.

The acceleration of their plans has been made possible by the support H2 Green Steel it has received from leading financial institutions for its €3.5 billion debt financing, just confirmed in October 2022. Construction of its green steel plant will be enabled by a combination of equity and debt financing from organisations including AB Svensk Exportkredit (SEK), BNP Paribas, ING, UniCredit, Societe Generale and KfW IPEX-Bank. More institutions are finalising their involvement, including the European Investment Bank.

 

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Decarb Connect supports the acceleration of industrial decarbonization around the globe. We share insights and facilitate collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem. We look specifically at the most energy-intensive industrials from cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G and many more and help connect them to technology disruptors, investors and advisors.

Through the Decarbonisation Leaders Network (DLN), our members (a cross-sector network of those leading decarbonisation in energy-intensive industries) share insights and experiences as they accelerate their Net Zero plans. Check out Decarb Connect’s offerings and learn about the Decarbonisation Leaders Network members, meetups and benefits.

If you enjoyed this conversation, take a look at many more conversations and discussions about industrial decarbonisation taking place across Decarb Connect’s global event series.

Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Janno Media for their support and expertise in the edit and production of our series.

 

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

Microscale carbon capture and the decarbonisation of heating systems

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 75

What role does microscale carbon play in decarbonisation? The answer is by tackling the huge numbers of appliances that deliver heat in all kinds of buildings. Learn how CleanO2 found its solution and the CO2 savings and CO2 reuse they are driving. 

Jaeson Cardiff, Founder & CEO of CleanO2, talks with Alex about how they are pursuing the decarbonisation of heat. You’ll explore what microscale carbon capture is and the impact it can have across the millions of appliances in buildings (from hospitals to hotels, condos and other sites).

You’ll also find out how their technology captures carbon dioxide emissions from building heating systems and the decision to showcase the opportunity for sequestering CO2 by converting it to pearl ash used in soaps and more. This circular economy approach to CCUS makes them a unique proposition with a massive market – and the story of how they got there is fascinating.

Through this episode we look at why the story of CCUS still needs advocates, and how even microscale CCUS can help tell the story of the wider opportunity. Jaeson also talks about the origin story of the business, their current phase of development and plans to expand into new international markets.

As ever, we love to showcase the disruptors and scale ups bringing innovation to life – if you’ve enjoyed these kinds of episodes before, you’ll love this one.

 

Episode Links:

 

Decarb Connect supports the acceleration of industrial decarbonization around the globe. We share insights and facilitate collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem. We look specifically at the most energy-intensive industrials from cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G and many more and help connect them to technology disruptors, investors and advisors.

Through the Decarbonisation Leaders Network (DLN), our members (a cross-sector network of those leading decarbonisation in energy-intensive industries) share insights and experiences as they accelerate their Net Zero plans. Check out Decarb Connect’s offerings and learn about the Decarbonisation Leaders Network members, meetups and benefits.

If you enjoyed this conversation, take a look at many more conversations and discussions about industrial decarbonisation taking place across Decarb Connect’s global event series.

Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Janno Media for their support and expertise in the edit and production of our series.

 

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

The impact of the energy crisis on industrial energy transition plans

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 74

In this episode, join Ben Moens from ENGIE Impact and Alex Cameron as they unpick how the energy crisis could affect industrial energy transition plans.

Over the next couple of months, we’ll host a number of guests talking about their perspective on the energy and inflation crisis and its impact on decarbonisation and energy transition plans. In this first conversation on the issue, Ben Moens joins from Engie Impact and explores the impact of the energy crisis on industrials.

The discussion explores how alternative fuels (including a return to more fossil fuels in the short term) could play out, the potential for high gas prices to drive market reforms and how regulatory responses might bring some relief in the short term too.

The conversation also looks the growing sense amongst many industrials that the key to future success will be to increase self-sufficiency with more onsite/offsite renewables and smarter energy efficiency plans.

And finally you’ll hear some thoughts on whether the crisis will affect investments in expensive deep decarbonisation plans like green hydrogen or CCS.

Quite simply – this is a great episode for those leading decarb and energy transition plans who want good insights to make their response truly robust.

 

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Decarb Connect supports the acceleration of industrial decarbonization around the globe. We share insights and facilitate collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem. We look specifically at the most energy-intensive industrials from cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G and many more and help connect them to technology disruptors, investors and advisors.

Through the Decarbonisation Leaders Network (DLN), our members (a cross-sector network of those leading decarbonisation in energy-intensive industries) share insights and experiences as they accelerate their Net Zero plans. Check out Decarb Connect’s offerings and learn about the Decarbonisation Leaders Network members, meetups and benefits.

If you enjoyed this conversation, take a look at many more conversations and discussions about industrial decarbonisation taking place across Decarb Connect’s global event series.

Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

 

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

Accelerating the Green Public Procurement Pledge

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 73

Rana Ghoneim from UNIDO (UN’s Industrial Development Organisation), joins Alex to talk about how UNIDO has accelerated the Green Public Procurement Pledge with new signatories & commitments to kick-start the green steel & cement markets.

Rana Ghoneim, Head of Energy Systems & Decarbonization Unit at UNIDO (UN’s Industrial Development Organisation), first joined the podcast ahead of COP26 in Glasgow where she was launching the Green Public Procurement Pledge. Governments buy as much as 40% of these key materials for major projects around the world, so getting commitments from countries such as India, the UK, the US and many more is an important way to put this spending power to good use. Getting public procurement processes, reporting and spend directed at low carbon or near zero steel and cement will be a big driver in lowering costs and creating healthy markets.

Join us for this update to hear about the latest signatories, the next steps to take pledges to action and to hear how Rana views the impact of the Ukraine war and energy crisis on their mission. We also talk about how other groups, from the First Movers Coalition to steelzero or concretezero, can work in harmony with government pledges and initiatives.

Creating a vibrant market for green materials is going to be key if we are to decarbonize industries from cement to steel, glass to chem and more…listen in to this conversation to understand the timeline and momentum building in public procurement.

 

Episode Links: 

 

Decarb Connect supports the acceleration of industrial decarbonization around the globe. We share insights and facilitate collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem. We look specifically at the most energy-intensive industrials from cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G and many more and help connect them to technology disruptors, investors and advisors.

Through the Decarbonisation Leaders Network (DLN), our members (a cross-sector network of those leading decarbonisation in energy-intensive industries) share insights and experiences as they accelerate their Net Zero plans. Check out Decarb Connect’s offerings and learn about the Decarbonisation Leaders Network members, meetups and benefits.

If you enjoyed this conversation, take a look at many more conversations and discussions about industrial decarbonisation taking place across Decarb Connect’s global event series.

Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

 

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

Disrupting Foundation Industries: Material Evolution

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 72

Join Alex for a chat with Liz Gilligan, CEO of Material Evolution, to hear about their low carbon replacement for traditional concrete.

Concrete is the most used man-made material on earth and with the cement industry contributes 8% of CO2 emissions due to the sheer volume used. Liz Gilligan is co-founder and CEO of Material Evolution, a disruptive force in the concrete sector producing a low carbon replacement for cement that can reduce (and soon strip out) CO2.

The conversation covers what it takes to disrupt a long-established industry, how machine learning combines with waste recycling to create direct replacements for cement in many applications – and enjoy the story of their evolution to date.

In a pilot plant phase right now, you can learn about their financing round ambitions and the next steps for scaling and commercialising this valuable new material.  With 95% of the material used coming from waste, it’s a great story of what can be achieved with a rethink on core materials.

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Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

How do you drive decarbonization when resource or capacity-constrained?

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 71

Janice Tran joins Alex Cameron to talk about Kanin’s solution that is already converting waste industrial heat into clean energy, Ideal for those looking for a highly cost-effective step in their industrial decarb strategy.

Listen in to learn about a decarbonisation solution for industrials looking to effect change in the short term. Janice Tran, CEO and Co-Founder of Kanin Energy, talks with Alex about how waste-heat-to-energy can act as an in-road for industrials seeking to decarbonise. Janice talks about how tech like this can help fund further decarbonisation plans, as well as have an impact on your CO2 footprint. You’ll also hear about their recently announced collaboration with Tallgrass Energy and how the opening of their second office in Houston fits into the plans for future platform development.

Links: 

  • Learn more about Kanin Energy here
  • Read more about Kanin Energy’s collaboration with Tallgrass Energy here
  • Check out Janice Tran’s profile on Harvard Business School’s page
  • Find out more about our work with industrial decarbonisation leaders here
  • Interested in exploring the emergence of major decarbonisation hubs in the US?  Check out our next event – Decarb Invest 2022. Join us to evaluate the CCUS, H2 and clean power hubs in development in the US. Find out when multi megaton and gigaton projects will be live ahead of 2030.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

What is green hydrogen’s role in the energy transition?

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 70

Listen to Lorenzo Ducci and Filippo Bartoloni talk about ENEL’s green hydrogen plans and their role in decarbonising industry. 

Electrification won’t be straight forward for all industries, especially those with high industrial heat requirements. Energy-intensive manufacturers around the world are curious about the potential for green hydrogen as one of the potential routes they could take. Join Alex Cameron in conversation with Lorenzo Ducci and Filippo Bartoloni of ENEL Green Power to explore how they build scalable projects (including NEXTHy in Sicily) and the collaborations that can bring green H2 to commercial scale and reality.

The conversation spans examples of projects in development, ENEL Green Power’s approach to partnerships and how industrial partners can prepare and set themselves up for project success. Whether you’ve questions about the commerciality, infrastructure or how to prepare for a green H2 project – this is a conversation worth settling in for.

Links: 

  • Check out ENEL Green Power’s Hydrogen page here
  • Read more about the NextHy project in Sicily here
  • Have a look at ENEL Green Power’s factbook here
  • Learn about ENEL Green Power’s plans after winning IPCEI Hy2Tech funding here
  • Find out more about our work with industrial decarbonisation leaders here
  • Are you interested in major hydrogen projects?  Check out our next event – Decarb Invest 2022. Join us to evaluate the CCUS, H2 and clean power hubs in development in the US. Find out when multi megaton and gigaton projects will be live ahead of 2030.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

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