Can there be a sunrise in steel town?

S. Sridhar, Z. Li

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A sustainable UK steel industry is vitally important to UK’s future growth prospects. This article first analyses the grand trends and challenges that the UK steel industry is facing. Then alternative iron making processes are briefly reviewed with regard to its flexibility in raw material and energy and its reduction in CO2 emissions. It is concluded that in the long-term, the scrap-based EAF route can be considered as a viable process route for the UK steel industry. For the current integrated process, its sustainability can be achieved by substantially improving its energy/material efficiency and by focusing on the creation of value-added steel products. It also points out that ensuring the sustainability of the UK steel industry requires a clear strategy, substantial capital expenses and support from the government and the industry itself. The UK has to invest in/re-shape steel-related research creating new competences for the viability of the industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-649
Number of pages8
JournalIronmaking and Steelmaking
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 20 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • CO
  • Ironmaking
  • Process and product innovation
  • Steelmaking
  • UK steel industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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