On September 10, 2020, the French Agency for the Environment and the Control of Energy Consumption (ADEME) launched a call for projects on the energy efficiency of industry processes and public services. The project initiated by Dillinger France is the only one in Dunkirk and one of the four projects in the Hauts-de-France region among the 16 applications accepted throughout France. The grants awarded are used to support the investment project of 10 million euros for the modernization of the pusher furnace no. 2 at Dillinger France, which will result in a 2.7% reduction in the company’s CO2 emissions.
Dillinger France is currently renovating one of its heating furnaces in the rolling mill, pusher furnace no. 2, as part of the business plan to continuously develop and sustainably secure business activities. The furnace is scheduled to return to service in July 2021. With this renovation project, Dillinger France will be able to increase its capacity for heating steel slabs for heavy sheet rolling, while simultaneously optimizing its energy consumption and CO2 by installing new “high performance” burners, a heat recovery system for the residual heat inherent in the fumes, limiting heat losses and using new computer models for managing the operation of the furnaces.
With its strategy, the Dillinger Group and its subsidiary Dillinger France, pursue the objectives of the Paris climate agreement and intend to produce quality products in a sustainable steel environment. Like their parent company Dillinger, Dillinger France has been certified for energy management according to ISO 50,000 since 2013, fights for the protection of our environment, and has already achieved a reduction in its energy consumption of around 6% as well as their CO2 by about 5% over the past seven years. As a result, the company ensured that 60% of the investment volume was spent on improving the energy efficiency of the furnace.
State subsidies of 1.8 million euros allow Dillinger France to partially finance its investment volume linked to decarbonization, with the objective of increasing furnace performance by 11% and saving 12 GWh of natural gas per year. This corresponds to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 2,300 tonnes per year, ie 2.7% of the overall emissions produced on the site respectively.
This new investment project by Dillinger France is part of the Dillinger Group’s “Green Steel” offensive, which included the introduction of Germany’s very first hydrogen-based steel production in their highs. furnaces in August 2020, following an investment program of 14 million euros.