21 april 2023
"We are very excited to utilize SSAB’s pioneering low carbon solutions. This is one of many ways that we are accelerating the transformation of the mining industry – while also helping our customers to reach their sustainability goals"
SSAB Zero™ will be used in the production of Epiroc’s Smart and Green series of battery-electric mine trucks and loaders, enabling zero-emission underground operations. The partnership with SSAB is part of Epiroc’s long-term commitment to produce the world’s greenest machines and to halve CO2e emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019, as well as SSAB´s aim to help create fossil-free value chains.
“SSAB Zero™ broadens our zero-emission portfolio and strengthens the business offering, allowing us to bring zero-emission steel to our customers already this year,” says Thomas Hörnfeldt, Head of Sustainable Business at SSAB. “There is a large demand for this kind of steel, and it is satisfying to have such an offer in place.”
Epiroc has now signed a delivery agreement for both of SSAB’s zero-emission steel types: SSAB Zero™, based on recycled steel, and SSAB Fossil-free™, based on iron-ore without fossil fuels. At the end of 2022, Epiroc showcased the world’s first underground mine truck made using fossil-free steel from SSAB, which is set to be available on a commercial scale during 2026.
SSAB Zero™ has zero fossil carbon emission (less than 0.05 kg CO2e emissions per kg steel in scope 1 and 2) in operations, including purchased energy and transportation. The quality and properties of SSAB Zero™ will be equal to the steel currently used in Epiroc’s products.
For further information, please contact:
Global Manager Branding and Communications, Epiroc Underground division