Technical Cooperation and Transfer Promoted on a Worldwide Scale
With the understanding that the transfer of Japan’s advanced energy-saving technologies overseas can be one of the most effective ways to globally reduce CO2 emissions, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) is participating in many energy-saving and environmental initiatives in Japan and overseas. For example, we work with the World Steel Association and directly with countries such as China and India.
Contribute to reduction of CO2 emission on a worldwide scale
Japan’s steel industry, including NSSMC, plays a leading role in the Global Sectoral Approach Global Sectoral Approach is a method to help solve global warming problems by seeking CO2 reduction potential based on sector-specific technologies and adopting the world’s best energy-saving technologies., a worldwide initiative to preserve the environment and conserve energy based on technologies accumulated in the steelworking industry. Japan’s steel industry can contribute to reduction of CO2 emission on a worldwide scale by transferring its advanced energy-saving technologies to emerging countries where there is the potential to improve energy efficiency. The reduction effects of CO2 emission by transfer of Japanese steelmakers’ energy-saving technologies have amounted to 60.01 million ton reduction in CO2 emissions per year in total. This is equivalent to about one-third of CO2 emissions of Japan’s entire steel industry.
Japan’s steel industry’s international cooperation in energy conservation
As a core member of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF), NSSMC is involved in multinational projects such as those for the Environment Committee of the World Steel Association. In addition, the JISF is promoting 1.joint meetings of public and private steel-related parties, 2.preparation of customized list of technologies, and 3.assessment of steelworks as to energy-saving status. These are the three pillars of collaboration for bilateral energy-saving and environmental cooperation with India, Southeast Asia, and other countries and regions.
1.Joint meetings of public and private steel-related parties
In the bilateral meetings of public and private steel-related parties of an emerging county and JISF, information, ideas, and comments on various conditions of the country and Japan are shared. Based on the results of preparation of the list of technologies and on the assessment of steelworks, activities have been undertaken to facilitate transfer of Japan’s energy-efficient technologies to the country at an early stage. The JISF also provides detailed technical information and financial aspects of steelmaking. By fiscal 2017, joint meetings have been held eight times in India and 10 times in six ASEAN countries.
2.Customized list of technologies
The customized list of technologies is a list of energy-efficient technologies, which are identified as appropriate for the target country or region, and the provided information included a technology outline and supplier information. The list was prepared for the purpose of promoting Japan’s energy-efficient technology transfer and is used as reference in doing assessment of steelworks.
3.Assessment of steelworks
In the assessment of steelworks specifically regarding their energy saving status, experts in this field in Japan’s steel industry visit the foreign steelworks in order to make proposals on technology based on the list and to give advice on operational improvement according to the utilization status of facilities. The experts also analyze the status of energy usage by using an international standard, ISO14404, which specifies calculation methods for the CO2 intensity of steelworks. Up to fiscal 2017, the JISF has conducted assessment of 10 steelworks in India and 13 steelworks in six ASEAN countries.
NSSMC also participates in the Climate Action Program of the World Steel Association, which uses universal methods to calculate and report on the CO2 emitted by steelworks. We have been selected as a Climate Action member. Recently, quite a few customers have sought confirmation that their steelmakers are Climate Action members.
Overseas steel industry’s CO2 emission reduction effects by introducing Japan’s energy-saving equipment (accumulated up to fiscal 2016, JISF)
The NSSMC Group’s technologies significantly contribute to overcome the environmental challenges of many countries throughout the world.
We are cooperating in energy-saving and other environmental initiatives in China, India, and elsewhere in the world, in the belief that the international technical transfer of our superior energy-saving technologies is highly effective in reducing CO2 emissions and in other environmental countermeasures undertaken on a global scale. In India, especially, we are participating in a feasibility study for project that would be part of the joint crediting mechanism (JCM), an international technology-centered program initiated by the Japanese government.
Japanese steel industry’s energy-saving technologies are spreading globally (units installed in numbers)