9 February 2022, London – Today B+M Steel, Eiffage Métal France and Skanska UK join SteelZero pledging to procure, specify and stock 100% net zero steel by 2050. This includes an interim commitment of using 50% responsibly produced steel by 2030, setting out a clear pathway to meet the net zero target.
B+M Steel and Skanska UK represent a significant proportion of the UK steel market. They join a strong cohort of UK SteelZero members which include Grosvenor Property UK, Severfield, William Hare and WSP UK. Eiffage Métal France, of which SteelZero member Smulders is a subsidiary, builds upon a growing base of European SteelZero members. This is a significant target region for SteelZero as the EU represents the second biggest global steel demand after Asia-Pacific.
SteelZero is a global initiative led by Climate Group, a global non-profit, in partnership with ResponsibleSteel. It brings together leading businesses to speed up the transition to a net zero steel industry.
Mike Peirce, Director of Corporate Partnerships of Climate Group, said: “We welcome B+M Steel, Eiffage Métal France and Skanska UK to the initiative as they’re key specifiers and stockholders of steel in the UK and European market. Expansion of the membership in the UK and Europe creates greater opportunities for collaboration, strengthens the influence of SteelZero and ultimately reinforces the demand signal for responsibly produced steel.”
As global production of crude steel has tripled over the past 50 years, SteelZero is prioritising recruitment of members in key global markets in 2022. Expanding the SteelZero membership in the UK and Europe is critical to driving global demand for net zero steel.
Mike Walton, CEO of B+M Steel, said: “It’s a real pleasure to join SteelZero. At the B+M Group we have been working hard to reduce our carbon footprint over the last 5 years, and whilst we’ve managed to reduce this by 50%, the move to zero carbon steel will be, by far, the most significant change we can make to our business. The discussions and ideas that we have generated in the short time since we have been members of SteelZero, gives us lots more to do and we are very excited to be working with industry leaders on making further improvements to our business that will continue to make a positive impact on our world.”
Jean-Baptiste Leglene, QPSE Director of Eiffage Métal France, said: “Eiffage Métal France is very proud to join SteelZero and to drive demand for net zero steel. We’re carried by our value ‘making the difference’, to drive low carbon actions with our employees, partners and suppliers in order to avoid the disastrous effect of climate change.”
Adam Crossley, Director of Environment of Skanksa UK, said “Skanska UK is committed to operating with net-zero emissions across our direct and supply chain operations no later than 2045. The emissions for all the materials we use is a key part of this, with steel playing a huge role in modern construction. As a result we are delighted to commit to SteelZero in the UK as part of a growing industry movement to build demand for zero emissions materials and achieve net-zero emissions construction.”
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Notes to Editors
About Climate Group
Climate Group drives climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all. We focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. We do this by building large and influential networks and holding organisations accountable, turning their commitments into action. We share what we achieve together to show more organisations what they could do. We are an international non-profit organisation, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. We are proud to be part of the We Mean Business coalition. Follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup.
SteelZero is a global initiative bringing together forward-looking organisations to speed up the transition to a net zero steel industry. Led by international non-profit Climate Group in partnership with ResponsibleSteel, organisations that join SteelZero make a public commitment to procure, specify or stock 100% net zero steel by 2050. By harnessing their collective purchasing power and influence, SteelZero is sending a strong demand signal to shift global markets and policies towards responsible production and sourcing of steel. #SteelZero
Barclay & Mathieson (B+M Steel) has over 130 years’ experience as steel stockholders in the UK; we operate from 15 locations around the country, from Aberdeen down to Winchester and Sittingbourne across to Bangor. Our extensive stock range enables us to satisfy our customers’ requirements with same or next-day delivery. Through our well established inter-branch transfer system, each site has access to our total group stocks. Whether a multinational engineering group or a DIY enthusiast, we provide the products and services for all construction projects.
About Eiffage Métal France
Eiffage Métal France is an industrial designer. Historical leader in turnkey metal construction, the company is recognized for its ability to produce exceptional works, constantly pushing back the limits of technology.
Eiffage Métal, supported by its European subsidiaries, puts its engineering strengths, its project management expertise and its production know-how at the service of turnkey solutions. Its integrated design offices as well as the production capacity of its industrial sites spread across Europe, allow it to give substance to the most complex works to meet the expectations of its customers. (Translated to English from French)
Skanska, established in 1887, is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups. Operating around the world in selected markets in Europe and the US, Skanska is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange and headquartered in Sweden’s capital city.
Our £1.4 Billion (2020) UK operation is one of the country’s top construction and development companies. Known for working on major projects such as HS2 − the UK’s new high-speed railway, we are building, upgrading, and maintaining the country’s infrastructure for future generations.
Drawing on our Scandinavian heritage, we are green, innovative, and progressive. We bring together people and technology, as part of our objective to make construction a safer and more collaborative industry.
Skanska UK is at the forefront of reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry and aims to be carbon neutral across its portfolio of projects by 2045, including all supply chain emissions.