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Industry Steel

Date March 5, 2024

Duration 3 hours

Location London, United Kingdom

Green Steel Forum 2024



Green steel is the future. It must be – the steel industry emits around 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions and we are agreed the planet is in trouble. But how do we get there? The plethora of obstacles in the way is vast.

The Kallanish Green Steel Forum will welcome stakeholders from across the steel industry supply chain who are proactively engaging in decarbonising the steel industry. As well as being an opportunity for productive networking, the event will aim to discuss the challenges around lowering emissions and how they can be overcome.

The favoured technology to decarbonise steelmaking has been chosen. Most producers are opting for direct reduction of iron ore pellet, followed by its use in an electric arc furnace, mixed with recycled steel, to produce crude steel. The iron ore reductant is to be hydrogen. But this poses challenges.

Producers, too, must invest considerable sums in new technology. The recent announcements in Germany and France show that state aid for the steel industry is now acceptable.

With zero-emission hydrogen production difficult in some regions, the idea is gaining traction in “green” ore-based metallics export hubs. Locations such as Australia and Brazil, which have strong renewables generation potential and captive iron ore, would ship product to Japan, South Korea, China and Europe for use in low-emission steelmaking.

Increased scrap use will also play a big role in decarbonisation, but technology and streamlining the scrap supply chain will be necessary to limit impurities in scrap.

Global steel decarbonisation is also characterised by different speeds between regions. With the EU further down the line than most, the bloc implemented last October its Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in a trial phase.

India and Southeast Asia are meanwhile investing in new blast furnaces. What will become of these as the world heads unstoppably in the direction of increased environmental regulation?

We invite you to join us at the Kallanish Green Steel Forum – London event to hear from steel industry leaders on how the sector is transforming to meet net-zero targets and sharpen your understanding of the new world of opportunities and challenges that green steel presents. Book your place now!

  • Biggest zero-emission DRI-EAF bottleneck will be lack of renewable energy infrastructure
  • Europe will require vast investment and government support
  • Concerns over hydrogen availability not covering demand targets in the 2030s
  • Is state aid for steel acceptable now?
  • Green metallics export hub challenges
  • Technological innovation needed to remove scrap impurities
  • Mature economies as future scrap hubs
  • Increased resource nationalism amid scrap’s gaining importance
  • CBAM implementation – challenges for importers
  • Varying speeds of decarbonisation – what will become of Asian blast furnaces?



  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm: Registration (welcome coffee)
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm: Panel Session (expert green steel market insights)
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Networking Reception (drinks and canapes)



To defray costs, there is a registration fee of £60 to secure your place at this event.



The Kallanish Green Steel Forum venue is Ironmongers' Hall. The address details are below.  

Address: Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AA



Gold Sponsor

The Green Steel Challenge Podcast

The Green Steel Challenge podcast aims to invite a conversation, ignite innovation and accelerate change within and around the steel industry, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of this crucial material. 

Steel, a fundamental component in everything from buildings and washing machines to wind turbines and electric vehicles, is pivotal for our transition to a carbon-neutral, circular economy. 

However, the steel industry is responsible for approximately 7% of global carbon emissions. Just over half of the major steel companies worldwide have committed to carbon emissions reduction targets to achieve net zero. Low-carbon or zero-carbon steel production, often called ‘Green Steel’, promises a solution. 

But how exactly can we deliver Green Steel? Which companies, technologies, and visionary leaders are at the forefront of this change? And what steps can we take to expedite progress? 

Drawing inspiration from Willy Korf, the German entrepreneur known as a steel rebel and pioneer of the mini-mill and DRI, this podcast challenges the steel industry. Produced by The Willy Korf Foundation and Kallanish Commodities, both neutral entities deeply connected to the steel industry yet without direct commercial interests, we aim to be a platform for transformative ideas. 

Each episode features Astrid Korf-Wolman, Willy Korf’s daughter, alongside Dr Mike Walsh, an independent consultant and project developer in the steel and special metals sector, and James Moss, strategy consultant and partner at First River Consulting. 

Join us as we engage with thought-provoking industry leaders and innovators, appraising our current position and exploring pathways to hasten steel decarbonisation. Together, we strive to transform challenges into opportunities, fostering a community committed to the sustainable evolution of the steel industry. 

Read the official press release for The Green Steel Challenge podcast here.


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Since its establishment in 1928, NASS has been successfully working to promote the interests of steel service centres throughout the UK. NASS is the only trade association covering the whole of the UK steel stockholding industry. NASS members supply steel to UK manufacturing and are a vital link in the supply chain from producer to customer, handling some 8 million tonnes of steel a year, principally to the construction, automotive and engineering industries.

Green Steel Forum 2023


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Giacomo Mareschi Danieli, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Danieli Group

After earning a degree in electrical engineering at Polytechnic University in Milan, Mr. Mareschi Danieli focused on a deeper understanding of the steelmaking process and gained work experience in the Danieli steelmaking division ABS. Afterwards, he spent some years on Danieli construction sites worldwide, including three years in Abu Dhabi and two years in Ukraine, assuming first the role of project coordinator and then becoming site manager, responsible for the Interpipe project. Next, he joined the Danieli Thailand team, the largest affiliate of Danieli at the time. This experience culminated in his appointment as CEO of Danieli Thailand in 2012, focusing on improved efficiency and specialization to compete in the SEA market. At the beginning of 2015 he returned to the group headquarters and took over the management of the Danieli Plant Engineering department, aiming at the consolidation of the commercial activities for multi-product line projects, also managing product lines such as Cranes, Hydraulics, Environment, and Centro Metallics. Part of the Danieli managing board since 2009, Mr. Mareschi Danieli was appointed Chief Executive Office of Danieli & C. and member of the Danieli Group Executive Board in 2017.

Åsa Ekdahl, Head, Environment and Climate Change, World Steel Association

As Head of Environment and Climate Change at the World Steel Association, Åsa is shaping the policy and advocacy activities for the global steel industry, including the promotion of industry action, in the field of environment and climate. She leads the association’s engagement with international organisations such as the UNFCCC and OECD as well as international climate initiatives related to the steel industry transition. Åsa Ekdahl has more than 20 years of experience with the environmental challenges of the steel industry, she is a recognized expert and an in-demand speaker on the topic. Before joining worldsteel, Åsa worked at both Jernkontoret, the Swedish Steel Producer’s Association and EUROFER, the European Steel Industry Association, where she was responsible for engaging with policy makers, most notably the European Commission and European Parliament, on the needs of the European steel industry in the area of environmental policy. Åsa graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Gothenburg University in Sweden.

Luciana Filizzola, Director Sustainability and Communications, GMH Gruppe

Over more than 20 years, Luciana built her career in Communications in large companies. In line with the company's strategy, Communications can bring incredible results, such as engaging employees, stimulating dialogue between internal and external stakeholders, and acquiring a social license in large enterprises. In addition, through brand content and customer relationship, it is possible to position the brand and win sales. These results have been the basis of Luciana's professional achievements. Luciana also believes that communication skills build essential bridges for leading people and projects. Consistent goals, clear message, creativity, empathy, and listening are her ingredients to lead people and projects. Whether they are in the Communication area or any other department, be them anywhere in the world. Luciana holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and MAs in Marketing and International Relations. She has working experience in Brazil, Germany, and Italy, dealing with colleagues around the world.

Julian Verden, Managing Director Europe, Stemcor Group

Born on the 27th of December 1958 Julian Verden was educated at St John’s Preparatory School, Pinner, then at St Edward’s School, Oxford. After which he entered the Steel Trading and Distribution Industry, where he has worked for over 45 years. He is currently Stemcor Group’s Managing Director for Europe.  Julian sits on the Stemcor Group’s Trading Management, Business Committee and Derivatives Management Teams.  Julian is also current Chairman  and past Treasurer  of the International Steel Trade Association. He sits on the Presidency of Eurometal, the Association of European Distributors, and is also a member of the London Metal Exchange Steel Committee. Julian joined the Samac Group in 1978 and purchased their UK steel import business in 1991. He subsequently sold it to the Stemcor Group in 1998, who are one of the world’s leading International Steel Traders and Distributors. Julian joined the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers by redemption in 2003, became a Freeman of the City of London in 2004, joined the Livery in 2006 and then the Court in 2009. Julian became the Master for the standard 1 year term in July 2022 having served as both Junior and Senior Warden. Julian is married to Zehan and together then have 2 sons, Harry & Theo.

Dr. Vincent Chevrier, General Manager – Technical Sales and Marketing, Midrex Technologies Inc

Vincent is General Manager – Technical Sales and Marketing for Midrex Technologies Inc., based at the headquarters in Charlotte, NC, but spends a significant amount of time in Europe. His role consists of promoting DRI and studying long-term market trends and evolution, which includes the transition from carbon-based to fossil-free steelmaking. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France), a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech (USA) and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). Vincent began his career in the steel industry at IRSID in France (now part of Arcelor-Mittal R&D) in 1992. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked in the melt-shop and scrap yard for J&L speciality Steel in various engineering and management positions. Subsequently, Vincent held management positions at Keywell LLC, a leading recycler of high-performance metals, prior to joining Midrex in 2011. For the first 8 years, Vincent was responsible for all innovation, R&D and technology improvements programs for Midrex and led all work on decarbonization before it became mainstream. The increased market demand for green ironmaking morphed his interests to technical marketing and business development. He joined Form Energy in 2021 to develop and scale the iron anode of a novel long duration storage battery. He re-joined Midrex in April 2023.

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Green Steel Forum 2023 Attendees

Company Position Country
ArcelorMittal Manager Global Automotive Strategy, Sustainability and XCarb® Solutions United Kingdom
British Steel Buyer United Kingdom
Dassault Systemes Sales Associate United Kingdom
Dassualt systemes Client executive United Kingdom
Dow Jones Senior analyst United Kingdom
Essar Vice President - Corporate Planning India
Essar Member of the Founding Family of Essar United Kingdom
Essar Capital Limited United Kingdom
Essar Capital Limited United Kingdom
Essar Capital Limited United Kingdom
Essar Capital Limited United Kingdom
Essar Capital Limited Executive Assistant CEO Office United Kingdom
EUROMETAL Director General Luxembourg
Farnborough Engineering Consultants Principal Consultant United Kingdom
FEC Technical Consultant United Kingdom
Ferrum Metal Mongolia LLC Director Mongolia
Fowle & Co Ltd Purchasing Director United Kingdom
Hatch Principal United Kingdom
HOWDEN UK LIMITED New Build Sales Leader - Sustainable Energy United Kingdom
IndEx - Industry Excellence Self employed Consultant Netherlands
Infrared Capital Partners Director United Kingdom
InfraRed Capital Partners Vice President United Kingdom
Intermational Steel Trade Association United Kingdom
JD Allen Engineering Director United Kingdom
Jonas Metals Software Ltd United Kingdom
Jonas Metals Software Ltd COO United Kingdom
Kallanish Director United Kingdom
Kallanish CEO United Kingdom
Kallanish Asia Editor and Head of Data United Kingdom
Kallanish Events Director India
Kallanish Sales support and Customer service executive
Kallanish Event Marketing Executive United Kingdom
Kallanish Commodities Global Head of Subscriptions & Advertising United Kingdom
Kallanish Index Services Ltd Director
Knauf AMF Antwerp Slitter Global Category Manager Steel Belgium
Knauf Ceiling Solutions Category Manager United Kingdom
LME VP Sales United Kingdom
Materials Processing Institute Commercial Director United Kingdom
Mayerton Refractories Europe Ltd. Head of Supply Chain United Kingdom
Midrex UK Ltd Director United Kingdom
NASS Director General United Kingdom
Pegasus Profiles Limited Director United Kingdom
PinzaMeld Ltd Director
Reliable Ventures Ltd CEO United Kingdom
Rio Tinto Technical Manager - Steel Decarbonisation - Atlantic United Kingdom
Rowham Steel Products Ltd MD United Kingdom
Rystad Energy VP Metals and Minerals United Kingdom
SteelConsult International B.V. Managing Director Netherlands
Stemcor Managing Director United Kingdom
Stemcor Trader United Kingdom
Stemcor Trader United Kingdom
Stemcor Managing Director - Europe United Kingdom
Stemcor Limited Policy, Supply Chain Sustainability and Compliance Manager United Kingdom
Tata Steel UK Business development manager, sustainability United Kingdom
Tata Steel UK Commercial Affairs Lead United Kingdom
Viridios AI Head of Sales UK/EMEA United Kingdom
Viridios Capital Head - Corporate Solutions United Kingdom
Willy Korf Foundation Chair Germany

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Industry Steel

Date March 5, 2024

Duration 3 hours

Location London, United Kingdom

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