The first stop of our journey discovering the growing hydrogen economy is in Sweden to visit the HYBRIT plant. This project yearns to revolutionize Swedish iron and steel production by delivering the first fossil-free steel.
Northern Sweden has long struggled with de-population and unemployment but a new wave of fossil-free industry is now bringing hope for the future amidst the largest industrial investments in Swedish history.
Svemin was one of the first industries to launch its updated Climate Roadmap. On Wednesday, it was time to hand over this year’s combined follow-up report to the Minister for Energy, Business and Industry, Ebba Busch, together with the other 21 business sectors within Fossil Free Sweden.
With the technological shift in steel manufacturing being the need of the hour, in 2016, Swedish manufacturer SSAB joined forces with mining company LKAB and energy provider Vattenfall, thus HYBRIT was born.
Long home to polluting industries, the hydro and wind power of Sweden’s far north is set to reduce the country’s carbon footprint as it lures low-emission manufacturers and creates thousands of jobs for those willing to brave the dark and cold.
In the counties Norrbotten and Västerbotten, multi-billion investments for a fossil-free future are made. Luleå University of Technology contributes with challenging research and educations that match the skills the green transition demands.