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Project overview

The metallurgical industry in Norway seeks to substitute large amounts of biobased materials for fossil reductants and materials in their processes to reduce emissions. An accelerated utilization of Norwegian biomass resources is needed to reduce the CO2 footprint of the metallurgical industry. The Norwegian Process Industry Roadmap targets a 43 % reduction of CO2 by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

To enable this transformation, the whole biocarbon (BC) value chain for the metallurgical industry must be adapted and tuned to remove economic constraints, secure its sustainability, satisfy reductants and materials quality demands, and develop predictable (amount, quality and price), long-term biomass resource demand.

Due to security of supply and sustainability, reductants and materials should preferably be produced from biomass resources that limit logistics and do not increase pressure on natural ecosystems beyond sustainable thresholds.

BioCarbUpgrade is following BioCarbUp. A main conclusion from BioCarbUp is that optimum biobased reductants and materials value chains for sustainable metallurgical industries in Norway would require broadening of the biomass resource base, while still providing satisfactory biobased reductants and materials quality.

BioCarbUpgrade will therefore delve deeper into developing sustainable biocarbon value chains for the metallurgical industries.