5–7 November 2024 • Essen, Germany
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TUESDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2024
08:30–09:00 Welcome and Introduction

Representative from Hatch Küttner and Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, AIST
09:00–10:30 Customer Vision on Green Steel Products
Responsible steel production is not only clean steel production, but also good business, as steel end users decarbonize their own supply chains. The steel industry is indeed ready and willing to be a reliable partner in this effort. But as consensus on the definition of green steel remains elusive, what do end users truly seek from producers? And how can governments throughout the world help resolve this issue? We’ll ask a panel of steel customers about the products, the solutions and the relationships they’d most like to see from steel. 
 
Moderator: TBD
10:30–11:00 Break
11:00–12:30 Global Iron Feedstock Strategies for a Transforming Steel Industry
The availability and cost structure of raw materials to feed tomorrow’s steel industry are under scrutiny. The current preferred route of vertical integration, keeping material streams within one company, might not be the option for the future. Iron ore might be reduced where it is sourced or where energy (low carbon electricity, natural gas) is available in abundance and competitive. Decoupling iron from steelmaking could be the path to look at future iron feedstock strategies, creating new players and global trade dynamics. In this panel, recognized experts will discuss and share their different perspectives on the future of iron feedstock.
 
Moderator: Felix Firsbach, Vice President, Badische Stahl-Engineering GmbH
12:30–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Innovation in Plant Design
The search for greater efficiencies, safer environments and better-performing products is relentless, so innovation and steelmaking have gone hand in hand. That is evident in the newest steelmaking facilities, which are more automated, safer and better performing than ever. Representatives from the major technology providers will showcase some of their latest innovations and describe how they are aiding steelmakers in lowering carbon emissions and improving their competitiveness.
 
Moderator: Mauro Bianchi Ferri, Managing Director, Acciarium Srl
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break
16:00–17:30 Industry Leader Panel
European steel demand continues to face significant challenges: global overcapacity, geopoliticial uncertainty, high inflation, monetary tightening and elevated energy prices. Even so, producers are executing on multi-generational investments necessary to meet climate goals. In this session, several industry leaders from both the EU and the U.S. will share perspectives on the difficult landscape, the policies that are needed to combat unfair trade, and opportunities for producers on both sides of the Atlantic to work together.

Moderator: Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, AIST
17:30 Reception

WEDNESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2024 
08:30–08:45 Welcome

Representative from Hatch Küttner
08:45–09:15 Structural Changes in the Iron Ore Industry to Meet the Carbon Neutrality Requirements of the Steel Industry
As the steel industry decarbonizes, it will continue to depend heavily on the iron ore industry to supply the required iron feed. The key question for steel producers is: what is the iron ore industry doing to help the steel industry to decarbonize? We will explore the outlook for the supply of different iron ore products such as blast furnace pellets and direct reduction–grade pellets over the next two decades. The presentation will evaluate different iron ore–producing regions such as Australia, Brazil, India and CIS on the readiness for decarbonization. The discussion will provide updates on the challenges for different iron ore producers or regions, and what new technologies and strategies could be adopted by iron ore producers for decarbonizing the steel industry.

Presenter: Siddhartha Sengupta, Principal, Hatch Advisory
09:15–10:45 Transformation of the European Steel lndustry for Carbon Neutrality
The rebuilding of the European steel industry is well underway, with six green hydrogen-DRI projects approved and 11 EAF conversions in progress. Given the long-term projects so far, in combination with bridging technologies introduced at the production sites, it appears that the targeted 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 is now secured. Still, much work remains. The panel will update attendees on the work completed to date and will give an outlook for the mid-term chances and challenges of the transformation.

Moderator: Jürgen Cappel, Managing Director, Cappel Stahl Consulting GmbH
10:45–11:15 Coffee Break
11:15–12:45 Carbon-free Energy Sources for the European Steel Industry
Even as European steelmakers overhaul their mills for low-carbon steel production, one critical question remains unanswered: Will the steel industry have secured sufficient sources of renewable electricity and hydrogen by the time these projects come on-line? And even if they have, will the infrastructure be in place to facilitate the safe and sufficient transportation of hydrogen? During this discussion, experts in energy supply, gas production and energy infrastructure will share their views on Europe’s energy future. 

Moderator: Johannes Schenk, Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, Montanuniversität Leoben
12:45–14:15 Lunch
14:15–15:45 Financing Green Steel Projects
The transformation of the European steel industry is a daunting technical challenge, but it also is a tremendous financial challenge, requiring the deployment of billions of euros in capital. Our panelists will discuss the challenges associated with securing funding for green steel and the roles that governments, financial institutions, export credit agencies and commercial lenders are playing in this effort.

Moderator: Jonathan Lee, Senior Principal, Advisory Management, Hatch
15:45–16:15 Coffee Break
16:15–17:45 Execution Strategies for Large-scale Steel Projects
The transformation of Europe’s steel industry is predicated on a dual approach: significant investment in new technologies and greenfield projects alongside immediate, less capital-intensive improvements in existing facilities. In these challenging times, the successful implementation of such projects requires that producers overcome supplier and price instability, mitigate risk, and develop effective execution models. We’ll hear from several experts on how producers are doing just that.

Moderator: Guus Kessler, Project Director, Tata Steel Europe
19:30 Reception and Gala Dinner

Thursday, 7 November 2024
09:30–12:00 Plant Tour, TBD
  This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
    
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