Expert panel to advise on green metal industry

An expert panel has been established to advise upon and champion the UK’s low carbon metal industry. The new GREENSTEEL Council is made up of senior figures from the worlds of industry, science and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

An expert panel has been established to advise upon and champion the UK’s low carbon metal industry.

The new GREENSTEEL Council is made up of senior figures from the worlds of industry, science and politics.

It will promote low carbon production methods in the sector and advise businesses on the development and implementation of their recycling strategies.

It is being sponsored by industrial group Liberty House and sister energy company SIMEC, both part of the global GFG Alliance, which aims to forge sustainable business models.

Liberty and SIMEC’s GREENSTEEL strategy is aimed at creating a strong, sustainable and integrated metals, engineering and manufacturing sector in the UK, based on renewable energy and metal recycling.

The panel will include Julian Allwood, Professor of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Cambridge, Martin Lawrence, former Managing Director at EDF Energy, Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute and Edwina Hart, former Welsh Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology.

Mrs Hart, Council Chair, said: “Our advice will be independent and based on solid evidence and our clear objective will be the development of a more sustainable future for the metals industries in Britain.

“We’re looking forward to getting started with this important economic mission.”

A report last year claimed the steel sector had made no progress in reducing emissions in a decade, despite accounting for 7% of all global carbon dioxide emissions.