Rossiyskaya Gazeta: No carbon footprint

The first steel plant will appear in Russia, which will be three times more environmentally friendly than the existing metallurgical production.
From 2023, the EU will impose a tax on imported products with a high carbon footprint. It includes raw materials (oil, gas), refined products, cement, fertilizers, metals, etc. If the production of such products exceeds the limits set by the EU, the supplier will have to pay a tax. According to experts, almost half of Russian exports could be subject to such a tax. This will cost domestic suppliers, according to various estimates, in the amount of 6 to 50 billion euros annually.


One of the first examples in Russia of the transition of ferrous metallurgy to "green" rails is the metallurgical plant "Ekolant", which is currently under construction in the monotown of Vyksa, Nizhny Novgorod Region. The project, initiated by the owner of the United Metallurgical Company Anatoly Sedykh, will create a production facility with the best "green" technology available today.
According to its design characteristics, it will correspond not onlymodern international environmental requirements, but also the prospectactive, aimed at reducing the carbon footprint in yeslthe latest. This will allow products made from its steel to avoid additional environmental cross-border tax when shipped to Europe and other countries where similar regulation applies.
"Ekolant" is a full-cycle metallurgical complex, which will not have coke-chemical and blast-furnace converter stages, which are customary for such production. Steel will be produced from ore and natural gas using "hydrogen technology" using the Direct Reduced Iron method - the direct reduction of iron. In the complex, according to the initiators of the project, a single production chain "ore - steel" will be implemented.

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