The GEDIA Automotive Group is on the way to CO2 neutrality by 2032 and bundles all sustainability measures under the global initiative GEDIA goes Zero to continuously drive the reduction of its ecological footprint to a minimum.
GEDIA goes Zero also means constantly optimizing internal processes and investing in intelligent, modern and resource-saving production systems, both to keep emissions from all global production sites as low as possible and to ensure the high quality standards of its customers. Furthermore, GEDIA always pays attention to incorporate environmental aspects and energy saving measures in new buildings, renovations and refurbishments.
Another aspect of GEDIA goes Zero concerns the future-oriented and sustainable procurement of the raw material steel. "We pay attention to the reduction of emissions not only in our own production, but already in the supply chain. This means we are not only aware of our ecological responsibility; we also want to offer our customers products with a reduced CO2 footprint. And these are more in demand than ever", explains Klaus Bierwirth, Managing Director in the GEDIA Automotive Group.
The automotive supplier is working successfully with thyssenkrupp Steel Europe on this and recently signed a memorandum of understanding to obtain steel of the bluemint® product in the next few years. This will cut emissions by up to 70%. CO2-reduced steel is produced by using alternative charge materials in the blast furnace. These include an already pre-reduced sponge iron or a specially processed scrap product, the use of which means less coal is needed and therefore less CO2 is produced.
"We are pleased to now be able to offer our customer GEDIA, a long-standing partner for special steels in the hot forming sector, the complete grade portfolio in climate-friendly versions. By using certified bluemint® steels, we can jointly reduce CO2 emissions along the entire value chain," said Simon Stephan, Senior Vice President Sales Automotive.
The declarations of intent to use CO2-reduced steel initially serve as a bridge until the possible production and availability of 100% "green" steel without any CO2.