Swegon presented its first product made from steel with low CO2 emissions – GOLD RX – at the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt. As ventilation units are primarily made of steel, there is considerable potential to reduce the carbon footprint of embodied carbon in production, by replacing traditional steel with steel that has a lower climate footprint.
From left to right: Emilia Stensson (Swegon Sustainabillity manager), Robert Siverby (Swegon Purchasing manager), Jonas Stenbeck (ArcelorMittal Account manager).
In January, the first delivery of XCarb® recycled and renewably produced Magnelis® from the steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal was received at Swegon’s Kvänum factory, where the company manufactures ventilation units. According to ArcelorMittal, XCarb® Magnelis® has an approximately 70% lower CO2 footprint than traditionally manufactured steel. ArcelorMittal’s XCarb® recycled and renewably produced label is applied to steels produced in an electric arc furnace (EAF) using high levels of scrap and 100-percent renewable electricity.
The first concept air handling unit has been produced, and the plan is to gradually introduce low-carbon emissions steel into ongoing production.
“We are looking forward to be phasing in steel with low CO2 emissions in our large ventilation units. We all have to contribute and reduce our climate footprint, and this transition is enabling us to reduce not only our own, but also our customers’ footprint,” says Robert Siverby, Supply Chain Director at Swegon Group.
Swegon has, for a long time, focused on sustainability and on reducing the climate footprint in the production as well as the use phase of its products. Swegon was among the first in the industry to develop EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) for its products and has a significant amount of EPDs in its portfolio.
Based on the existing EPD for GOLD RX, size 12, the total Global Warming Potential (GWP) is expected to be reduced by approximately 20% with the transition to XCarb® Magnelis® steel, given that all the steel is replaced.