How a small Swedish town is becoming the spearhead of green steel in Europe

  • Maddy Savage
  • BBC News, Stockholm

image source, Maddy Savage

A small town in northern Sweden is about to produce Europe’s first commercial green steel.

On the outskirts of Boden, a town some 900 km north of Stockholm, giant excavators push through layers of mud, ice and snow to complete a new steel plant.

At 9am, when the sun has just risen, the temperature is -8C and some of the workers are wearing three or four jackets and working on heated seats in their vehicles.

Steel is generally made in a process that begins with blast furnaces which, fueled with metallurgical coal and iron ore, emit large amounts of carbon dioxide and contribute to global warming.

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