Comment: British Steel to close blast furnaces in Scunthorpe

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By Tricia Curmi

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Commenting on the news that British Steel is planning to close down its blast furnaces in Scunthorpe [1], Dr Simon Cran-McGreehin, Head of Analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“Ageing blast furnaces need to be replaced and upgraded to produce greener steel if the UK is to maintain domestic production. But whilst electric arc furnaces have a role in recycling steel, failing to invest in modern hydrogen furnaces belies the Government's promises to invest for the longer term.

“As we're seeing in countries like Sweden and Germany, hydrogen furnaces can produce a wider variety of steel for UK manufacturers and secure more jobs. If the UK had a green industrial strategy to rival the US and EU, it would help to attract investment, modernise our industries and protect jobs; as it is, decisions like this risk just seeing us fall even further behind in the clean investment race.”

Notes to editors:

  1. British Steel plans to shut furnaces putting up to 2,000 jobs at risk:

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