The next generation of green steel & metal solutions

  

Our society and economy must change in the coming years and decades if we still want to avert the irreversible consequences of climate change. This also includes the steel industry, which is currently responsible for 7% of global CO2 emissions. As one of the world’s largest producer-independent distributors of steel and metal products, we want to help bring these emissions down. At the same time, we want to offer new opportunities and enable our customers and their industries to build sustainable value chains.

  

We're starting now. That's why we launched Nexigen®.

  

What is Nexigen®?

Under Nexigen®, Klöckner & Co offers transparent, CO2-reduced solutions in the area of materials, services and logistics that help our customers establish sustainable value chains. 

With Nexigen®, we support our partners in accelerating their green transformation and making their progress in sustainability visible.

  

Nexigen® – Our new brand for green steel & metal solutions

We are continuously building more partnerships with suppliers in different countries. This enables us to offer our customers significant quantities of green as well as CO2-reduced steel and metal solutions.

As of today, we are among the first to offer a variety of flat and long products from different CO2-reduced categories to our customers in Europe and the Americas. 

  

Your Benefits

  • With Nexigen®, you can easily find and order green products
  • Nexigen® offers you the opportunity to reduce your CO2 footprint and achieve your sustainability goals
  • With Nexigen®, we help you expand your own green product portfolio
  • Nexigen® enables you to offer your customers full transparency

  

"With the launch of Nexigen® we are underlining our ambition as a pioneer of a sustainable steel industry and taking the next step. Nexigen® enables our customers to source green products and services easily and reliably."

Guido Kerkhoff

CEO Klöckner & Co SE

  

How you know our steel is truly green

The term “green steel” has been thrown around in our industry for a while now. But taking a closer look quickly reveals that there is no universal definition for green steel. Currently, the term is used to describe steel that is produced in a strongly CO2-reduced manner. A similar situation can be observed with certificates and labels. Several producers are starting to have their steel certified as “green”. 

However, these certifications vary widely so that it becomes difficult for customers to compare. We have eliminated that problem by developing a universal definition that is based on customer requirements, steelmaker perspectives, steel production technology routes and the GHG Protocol as the leading carbon accounting standard. At the same time, we are convinced that apart from the full elimination of CO2 emissions already substantial reduction adds value along the way of the green transformation. Therefore, our categorization includes several CO2 reduction levels.

  

The Nexigen® categorization for transparent carbon emissions

  

Emission in kg CO2/ t Steel

  

How our categorization works

We have developed a categorization for CO2 reduced and green steel so that customers can directly see the carbon footprint of their purchased product.

Our categorization for CO2-reduced products includes five categories based on their true physical carbon footprint from raw material to production: They range from START (with a physical footprint from 1,750 to 1,400 kg CO2 per metric ton) to PRIME (400 to 0 kg CO2 per metric ton). “Balanced Steel” is a separate category for “re-balanced” green steel. This means that for different steel categories originating from the same production facility, manufacturers may use a calculated “re-balanced” carbon footprint resulting from the overall volume of emissions generated in the entire facility.

  • Methodology based on international standards
    Our calculation methodology follows the internationally renowned GHG Protocol.
  • Emissions from raw material to production
    Emissions include production (Scope 1), purchased power (Scope 2) & supply chain (Scope 3 Upstream).
  • No offsetting included in CO2 load categorization
    The physical production emissions determine the product’s categorization; CO2-offsetting is not included.
  

We lead the way, which is why we have set an ambitious target: By 2025, over 30% of the products offered will come from the two most sustainable categories (PRO and PRIME).

  

A customer-driven categorization

UNIFIED TERMINOLOGY

INCENTIVE FOR GREENER PRODUCTION

Until now, the lack of a consistent definition of the term "green steel" was a problem. With our strict Nexigen® categories, we ensure that the term "green steel" is only used for products with the lowest possible emissions (PRIME category). The other categories make it easier for customers to distinguish between CO2-reduced products. In return, customers are able to improve their own carbon footprint. 

The CO2 content as well as the production method of a steel product define how we categorize it. We are confident that our categories will accelerate the shift towards more sustainable production methods in our industry by increasing the demand for CO2-reduced and green products. The customers benefit from the increased supply of green steel.

COMPARABILITY

TRANSPARENCY

The categories and defined limits give customers a quick, transparent picture of the carbon emissions generated in the production of the product they would like to buy. This makes it easier for customers to compare the footprint of different products. 

We consider all emissions that have occurred in Scope 1 to Scope 3 – Upstream. For the very first time, customers will receive detailed information about the product's footprint across the entire value chain.

AVOIDANCE OF GREENWASHING

Our Nexigen® categorization includes the product’s true physical footprint from raw material to production. In addition, our calculation methods and strict limits for each category are based on scientific evidence and thus prevent product greenwashing. Thanks to that, the emission data we provide is meaningful.

  

UNIFIED TERMINOLOGY

Until now, the lack of a consistent definition of the term "green steel" was a problem. With our strict limits, we ensure that the term "green steel" is only used for products with the lowest possible emissions (PRIME category). The other categories make it easier for customers to distinguish between carbon-reduced products. In return, customer are able to improve their own carbon footprint. 

INCENTIVE FOR GREENER PRODUCTION

The CO2 content as well as the production method of a steel product defines how we categorize it. We are confident that our categories will accelerate the shift towards more sustainable production methods in our industry by increasing the demand for carbon-reduced and green products. This benefits customers by increasing the supply of green steel.

COMPARABILITY

The categories and defined limits give customers a quick, transparent picture of the carbon emissions generated in the production of the product they would like to buy. This makes it easier for customers to compare the footprint of different products. 

TRANSPARENCY

We take into account all emissions that have occurred in Scope 1 to Scope 3 upstream. For the very first time, customers will receive detailed information about the product's footprint across the entire value chain.

AVOIDANCE OF GREENWASHING

Our categories include the product’s true physical footprint from raw material to production. In addition, our calculation methods and strict limits for each category are based on scientific evidence and thus prevent product greenwashing. Thanks to that, the emission data we provide is meaningful.

More background information on the scopes

Scope 1 includes all emissions that are directly caused by the company. Examples for a steel producer are:

- Emissions at own steel manufacturing plants
- Emissions from own company vehicles

In Scope 2, emissions that result from the consumption of purchased energy are recorded. This includes:

- Emissions from purchased electricity
- Emissions from district heating and cooling for own use

In Scope 3 – Upstream, emissions that occur even before the company's own entrepreneurial activity are recorded. Examples for a steel producer are:

- Purchased goods like raw materials (e.g. coke and iron) and other services
- Production of fixed assets
- Transport of purchased goods to the steel producer's facilities

Scope 3 Downstream comprises emissions that occur after the company's own entrepreneurial activities. Examples for a steel producer are:

- Processing of the sold steel products
- Use of the sold steel products
- Transport of the steel products to distributors like Klöckner & Co

Contact us

If you would like to buy Green Steel from us or learn more about Nexigen®, please send us a message below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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