Earlier this week, more than 30 people gathered at Birdsong Brewing in Charlotte, NC for the launch of Stainless: The 100% Clean Energy Steel Campaign. The campaign aims to transition the steel industry to 100 percent clean energy for its electricity supply, starting with Nucor Corporation, the largest steel producer in the United States.
Supporters were energized by speeches from clean energy advocates June Blotnick, Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina; Dimple Ajmera, Charlotte City Councilwoman at-large; Nakisa Glover, founder of local environmental justice group Sol Nation; and Margaret Hansbrough, Campaign Director at Mighty Earth.
This event comes on the heels of the release of Mighty Earth’s Cold Steel Hot Climate Report which shows that no company is better positioned to radically change the steel sector than America’s largest steel producer, Nucor (NUE).
Steel, an inherently carbon-intensive material, is the leading source of industrial emissions on the planet. The industry produces approximately 2.3 gigatons of CO2 emissions each year equivalent to the annual emissions of 569 coal-fired power plants. Today, 68 percent of American steel is produced using the same EAF method that Nucor uses and globally that number is 30 percent and growing.