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Schaeffler and Swedish startup H2 Green Steel have decided to intensify their already close partnership. The two companies made the decision in the course of a recent equity funding round, in which Schaeffler agreed to invest a further 65 million euros, a significant increase that takes its total stake to 100 million euros. That’s the most equity Schaeffler has ever put into a minority stake in another company.
As a strategic technology partner of H2 Green Steel, Schaeffler will channel its know-how into the development of new steel products, such as green e-steel for electromobility. In addition, the two companies will jointly develop new applications for the use of sustainable rolling bearing solutions in production. The aim is to maximise the efficiency of production through the use of first-rate components and integrated condition monitoring solutions. The two companies will also benefit from each other’s expertise in the areas of digitalisation and circular economy.
“Achieving sustainability across the entire value chain requires cooperation between strong partners who are willing to move forward together with commitment and determination,” said Klaus Rosenfeld, chief executive officer of Schaeffler.
“Schaeffler and H2 Green Steel are both pioneers with true innovative power, and we are now synergising these strengths even further. The increased capital stake and the strategic technology partnership follow the off-take agreement of 2021 as the next logical step as our two organisations seek to work together even more closely. Together, we are making a significant contribution to the global transformation of the steel industry and the reduction of CO2 emissions.”
Key lever for decarbonisation
Schaeffler is pursuing the overarching goal of being completely climate-neutral by 2040. By 2030, the company aims to achieve both climate neutrality in its own production processes (Scope 1 and 2) and a 25 per cent reduction in its supply chain emissions (Scope 3 upstream). To achieve these ambitious targets, Schaeffler is focusing systematically on decarbonising the materials it uses most – including, most notably, steel.
Every working day, the company processes roughly an Eiffel Tower’s worth of steel – somewhere in excess of 7,000 tonnes. The advantage of the green steel purchased from H2 Green Steel is that it has up to 95 per cent less embodied CO2 emissions (Scope 3 upstream) than conventional steel produced via the blast furnace route.
Andreas Schick, chief operating officer of Schaeffler, explained: “For Schaeffler, steel is the decisive lever for decarbonising our supply chain. The partnership with H2 Green Steel takes us a long way towards our target of climate neutrality. We are proud to be the world’s first tier 1 supplier to be working with H2 Green Steel as a strategic technology partner. This is a sustainable, long-term investment in Schaeffler’s network for this vitally important category of materials.”