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Cargotec to pursue fossil-free steel cargo handling equipment

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Cargotec and SSAB have agreed to work on the introduction of fossil-free steel to the cargo handling industry.

The companies will start coordinated development toward the use of SSAB’s fossil-free steel in Cargotec’s cargo handling equipment.

Steel and steel components are the main contributors for CO2 footprint at Cargotec’s scope three (value chain) upstream emissions.

The total CO2 footprint comprises upstream emissions, which account for over a third of Cargotec’s total emissions, emissions from own operations (scope one and two), and emissions from the use-phase of the products (scope three downstream).

Fossil-free steel has significantly lower environmental impact and contributes towards a carbon neutral value chain.

It has been estimated that steel demand will increase in the future and leading to greater calls for development and usage of fossil-free steel alternatives.

Mika Vehviläinen, CEO of Cargotec, commented, “I am proud that we are paving the way in the cargo handling industry through commitment to using fossil-free steel and have this unique opportunity to work with a forerunner in development of the material.

“This is an important step towards our vision of becoming a leader in sustainable cargo flow.”

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