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The Industry Against Climate Change

Ternium

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Ternium is working on a project that would decrease dioxide emissions of their industrial process by 20% compared to the 2018 base rate. This project consists of implementing new technologies and improvement methods in the crude steel production process. In this specific project, they are contributing to the SDG of ´Responsible Production and Consumption´, by reducing their ecological footprint.

Authors

Edgar Medina

Edgar Medina

Ronaldo Rodriguez Rosales

Ronaldo Rodriguez Rosales

Pedro Ruiz

Pedro Ruiz

Angel Hernández Elias

Angel Hernández Elias

School

TecMilenio University (Universidad TecMilenio)

TecMilenio University (Universidad TecMilenio)

Professor

Susana Arenas

Susana Arenas

Innovation

The company is currently working on capturing the CO2 before it reaches the environment. The CO2 is later sent to and used in other areas through an additional module in the direct reduction plant. The head of Ternium's energy efficiency department, who works in San Nicolas de los Garza plant, told us how the CO2 is being used.

“There is a CO2 market in Mexico, where this CO2 is captured and celled. And that CO2 is the one that we can see in soft drinks.” - Albes Urdaneta.

The project plan for 10 years consists of eight immediate actions:

1. Increase the share of renewable sources in the energy mix.

2. Increase the use of scrap in the metal mix.

3. Expand the CO2 capture capacity.

4. Partially replace metallurgical coal with biomass.

5. Continue the development of the energy efficiency program.

6. Prioritize low-emission steelmaking technologies.

7. Make partnerships with suppliers of raw materials to reduce emissions in the processes.

8. Supervise the climate change strategy by the Board of Directors.

We need to note that since 2019, Ternium has participated in collaborative projects in favor of the Sustainable Development Goals, contributing to 14 of the 17 current SDGs. In this specific project, they are contributing to the SDG of ´Responsible Production and Consumption´, by reducing the ecological footprint.

The Industry Against Climate Change

Decarbonization project at the San Nicolas de Los Garza plant, Nuevo Leon.

Inspiration

Head of Ternium's energy efficiency department, who is working in San Nicolas de los Garza plant, told us how this project started.

"In October 2014 the energy efficiency project began in Ternium. Since then it has been the intention to detect opportunities to reduce energy consumption, and we have been carrying out different types of projects." - Albes Urdaneta.

Overall impact

In February of 2021, the company announced this strategy as a challenge in medium and long term. It is expected that by 2030, this will be a reality. Ternium is exploring more alternatives to continue the decarbonization beyond 2030.

To do this, they will have to face obstacles that come along with creating a sustainable product and being more environmentally friendly. Being a part of company committed to its customers, they will no doubt achieve their long-term objectives. In addition, it is expected that this strategy can be used or improved upon by many more steel industries in the world.

This project is being applied to all the plants, but is mainly focused on being applied to plants in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. The company is currently working on capturing the CO2 before it reaches the environment, and sending what has been captured to be used in other areas.

Business benefit

Something that they have had to work on is obtaining an economic benefit from the entire process that is being carried out in the company. Therefore, Albes Urdaneta, told us how the CO2 is being used.

“There is a CO2 market in Mexico, where this CO2 is captured and celled. And that CO2 is the one that we can see in soft drinks.” - Albes Urdaneta.


Social and environmental benefit

Something that draws our attention about Ternium's work is its commitment and professionalism, not only with their clients, but also with the environment. The company is always open to the possibility of supporting a cause in which they can contribute and are transparent in the way they manage these environmental projects. Of course, the company knows how to take advantage of their resources to innovate in the CO2 capture process. The company is able to serve as an example for many companies that seek to help the environment.

Interview

Albes Rafael Urdaneta Urdaneta, Head of ternium's energy efficiency department

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Ternium

Ternium

San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, MX

Business Website: https://mx.ternium.com/es/

Year Founded: 2005

Number of Employees: 5001 to 10000

Ternium is the leading flat steel producer in Latin America and offers a wide range of products for automotive industries.