Significant step towards decarbonization of the supply chain

Slobodan Vukovic (Executive Manager Thyssenkrupp Steel), Tonio Kröger (Commodity Director Benteler Automotive), Frau Dr. Heike Denecke-Arnold (Chief Operating Officer Thyssenkrupp Steel), Radek Jedlicka (Executive Vice President Procurement Benteler Automotive), Simon Stephan (Senior Vice President Sales Automotive Thyssenkrupp Steel) und Ralf Wieland (Key Account Manager Thyssenkrupp Steel) bei der Unterzeichnung (v.l.n.r.). © Rainer Kaysers / Thyssenkrupp Steel

Benteler Automotive and thyssenkrupp Steel Europe are joining forces on climate protection: The international automotive supplier has secured climate-friendly Bluemint Steel from thyssenkrupp for the production of vehicle components in the long term. Both companies signed a corresponding letter of intent.

Bluemint Steel already has significantly reduced CO2 intensity. In the production of the certified climate-friendly steel grades, pre-produced sponge iron or specially processed steel scrap replaces coking coal in the blast furnace process on a pro rata basis. In addition, the cooperation between thyssenkrupp Steel and Benteler is to be further intensified from 2026: Then the steel is to come from direct reduction plants in combination with melting units which will be operated with green hydrogen and green electricity in the future.

“Green” products of the highest quality for customers

“Climate protection is a strategic priority for Benteler, and we have set ourselves ambitious goals in this area. Accordingly, we are consistently reducing CO2 emissions along our entire value chain. Today’s agreement with thyssenkrupp as one of our largest suppliers is a significant step in this direction. We look forward to offering our customers top-quality ‘green’ products on an even larger scale in the future,” explains Radek Jedlicka, Executive Vice President Global Procurement at Benteler Automotive.

“Benteler and thyssenkrupp Steel are committed to the same goal: sustainable business for future generations,” emphasizes Dr. Heike Denecke-Arnold, Chief Operating Officer at thyssenkrupp Steel. “Today’s move further intensifies our long-standing partnership – we are very pleased about this,” adds Simon Stephan, Senior Vice President Sales Automotive at thyssenkrupp Steel. “CO2-reduced steel is a significant lever for making automotive products even more sustainable.”

“Green steel” from electric arc furnace also from Benteler Steel/Tube

Benteler has set itself the goal of achieving net zero emissions for Scope 1, 2 and 3 (upstream) by 2050. By 2030, the company will have already halved its production-related CO2 emissions and reduced the so-called Scope 3 emissions of purchased goods by 30 percent. The Steel/Tube Division aims to achieve CO2 neutrality by 2045 through increased energy efficiency, green electricity and climate-neutral starting material.
In addition, Benteler Steel/Tube itself produces “green steel” for customers in an electric arc furnace at the steel plant in Lingen. However, the production volume there is not sufficient to cover the demand at Benteler within the Group.