Steel Dynamics steel production is 100% EAF
We are one of a very small number of steel producers that exclusively use electric arc furnace (EAF) technology. We have always been, and continue to be, a leader in the production of sustainable, lower-carbon emission steel products.
We believe the single most impactful decision a steel consumer can make to support greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction is to understand the differences between EAF and basic oxygen (or blast furnace) steelmaking technologies and related supply-chain environmental impacts—and then, source their steel needs accordingly. EAF steelmaking technology generates a mere fraction of the carbon emissions produced, and energy intensity required, by traditional blast furnace steelmaking technology.
Fewer natural resources required drives lower emissions, energy, wastes, and water usage
Steel is the most recycled material in the world.¹ Our EAF steel mills use recycled ferrous, or steel scrap, as the single-largest raw material input in the production of new finished steel products. In 2020, 84% of the material used in our furnaces to produce steel at our six EAF steel mills was recycled ferrous scrap and internally generated iron substitutes (in contrast to traditional blast furnace steelmaking, where the proportion of recycled ferrous scrap has been between 25% and 35%).
Over 8 times lower emissions per ton versus average U.S. blast furnaces²
Using EAF steelmaking technology, we produce substantially fewer emissions than produced from traditional blast furnace technology, which creates significant air emissions through the conversion of iron ore, coke, and coal into steel. Our steel mills’ GHG emissions are 88% lower per metric ton than the industry average of our U.S. blast furnace peers.²
Our EAF operations energy intensity was 75% less than world steel averages¹
By connecting the casting and rolling processes in our flat roll mills, we roll slabs into steel coils while the steel is still hot, requiring significantly less energy than traditional blast furnace technology, which typically requires reheating slabs before rolling. Our EAF operations energy intensity was 75% less than the average steel operations worldwide, when compared to the World Steel Association.¹
¹World Steel Association (WSA).
² Based on Scope 1 CO₂ equivalent emissions reported to the U.S. EPA.