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China Baowu joins decarbonization alliance; Rio Tinto invests in battery startup

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China's special climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua, speaks during a joint China and U.S. statement on a declaration enhancing climate action in the 2020s on November 10, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Leading metal producers are striving to ensure sustainability while working on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, through partnerships and investments. China Baowu Steel Group Corporation Ltd. and its partners launched the Global Low-Carbon Metallurgical Innovation Alliance that aims to promote decarbonization technologies in the industry.

Baowu aims to slash emissions by 30% by 2035 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To reach its goals, the company will reportedly pursue the use of hydrogen-enriched carbon recycling blast furnaces, green hydrogen-fueled metallurgy, large-scale use of recycled steel, and carbon capture and utilization, among other options.

Meanwhile, Rio Tinto Group outlined plans to invest US$87 million to increase production of low-carbon aluminum at its AP60 smelter in Quebec by 45% to 86,500 tonnes. Rio Tinto will also invest in battery technology and manufacturing company Inobat Auto J.SA to help complete a pilot battery line and a research and development center in Slovakia.


Glencore's strategy shift opens door for Evolution's acquisition of Ernest Henry

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