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Climate Change

JFE, Mitsui Chemicals push Japan CO2 cuts from materials sector

Suppliers of carbon-intensive steel, plastics start long transition to cleaner energy

Steel and chemicals are responsible for over half the energy-related CO2 emissions in Japan's industrial sector.  (Photo courtesy of JFE Steel)

TOKYO -- From steelmakers to chemical companies, some of Japan's largest industrial greenhouse gas emitters have announced plans to transition to cleaner energy, as pressure grows to reduce their carbon footprint.

JFE Steel said Thursday that it will replace a blast furnace in Japan with an electric-arc furnace as early as fiscal 2027 -- an unprecedented move by a leading Japanese steelmaker.

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