The Ternium Industrial Center in Brazil has the capacity to produce five million tons of steel slabs a year.
This action foresees a reduction in the environmental impact of the facility of Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro.
Ternium will invest approximately 100 million reales (around 18 million dollars) in the next two years in a project to increase the use of scrap metal, focusing on sustainability, in the industrial center of Santa Cruz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The initiative foresees a rise of 80% in the use of scrap during steel production in Brazil. The investment is part of the company’s plan to invest 700 million reales until 2030 in operative improvements with an environmental focus.
As part of the actions to increase the use of scrap, we will build a warehouse with cranes to optimize the process of use and separation of the material. The construction has already begun, and we hope to finish it by 2023. In the steel industry, around 5 to 15% of the production of each plant can come from scrap metal.
“The use of scrap metal assimilates metallic steel into the industrial process, substituting part of the metal’s consumption. With this, the process becomes more efficient, allowing for a reduction in CO2 emissions,” explains Marcelo Chara, CEO of Ternium Brazil. Ternium announced at the start of 2021 a plan to reduce the carbon intensity per ton of steel by 20% by 2030.
The Ternium Industrial Center in Santa Cruz has the capacity to produce five million tons of steel slabs a year. With 80% of its production destined to the international market, the steel company is one of the biggest steel exports of the country. The main markets are the USA, Mexico, and Europe.
In 2020, Ternium opened its new Environmental Monitoring Center at the entrance of the Industrial Center. The new facility allows us to create a series of data that environmental authorities can access in real-time, confirming the transparency and agility of the information.