The Carbon2Value pilot was officially launched on the 18th March 2019. ArcelorMittal and Dow Benelux are starting trials with a new pilot installation at the company premises of ArcelorMittal Gent, that separates carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) from gases produced during the steelmaking process. The event was held in the presence of Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister of Innovation, Anton van Beek, President and Chairman of the Board van Dow Chemicals Benelux, Manfred Van Vlierberghe, CEO ArcelorMittal Belgium and various local stakeholders and press.
Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister of Innovation: "Innovation is key to tackling the climate problem. We will not solve our problems by imposing heavy taxes on businesses. Today, ArcelorMittal once again demonstrates that the companies operating in Flanders - which are already among the most efficient in the world in various sectors - are part of the solution. Flanders thus commits to put its shoulders to the wheel.”
Anton van Beek, President and Chairman of the Board van Dow Chemicals Benelux: “The world faces major challenges in managing climate change. The common goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in order to prevent further global warming. CO2 is released during the combustion of fossil fuels in transport, the built environment and industry. In addition, CO2 is often a by-product of industrial production processes. With this pilot we expect to achieve an important breakthrough in the further reduction of our CO2 emissions.”
Manfred Van Vlierberghe, CEO ArcelorMittal Belgium: "ArcelorMittal Belgium is world leader in CO2 and energy efficiency in the steel sector. This project is part of our action plan to further strengthen our leading position.”