Volvo Construction Equipment becomes the first manufacturer to deliver a construction machine built using SSAB fossil-free steel to a customer.
The Volvo machine, an A30G articulated hauler, built using fossil-free steel was handed over from Volvo CE to NCC at a ceremony hosted by LeadIT – the Leadership Group for Industry Transition – in conjunction with the United Nations environmental meeting Stockholm+50.
The handover comes just nine months after Volvo unveiled the world´s first vehicle concept using fossil-free steel, as part of testing the implementation in an ordinary production setup, and just ten months after SSAB showcased the first steel ever made using hydrogen instead of coking coal.
Martin Lindqvist, CEO and President of SSAB, said, “This is a step change in the green transition, showing in practice that it is possible to build partnerships and create fossil-free value chains that will help mitigate climate change.”
Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, said, “We are sure that to succeed in decarbonizing the construction industry, actors in the value chain will need to collaborate and act.”
Tomas Carlsson, CEO and President of NCC, said, “NCC has a firm commitment to contribute to sustainable development.”
In the summer of 2021, SSAB produced the world’s first steel made from sponge iron reduced by hydrogen gas on a pilot scale. SSAB plans to offer fossil-free steel at an industrial scale to the market as early as in 2026 and aims to largely eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations in around 2030, 15 years ahead of previous plans.