LIBERTY Galați, as a first for the company, exported 50,000 tonnes of blast furnace slag, which will be converted into low carbon cement at a specialist factory in France.

A ship loaded with granulated blast furnace slag, which is a by-product of the steel making process take from LIBERTY Galati’s own facilities, was sent to a manufacturer in France. LIBERTY Galați produces about half a million tonnes of blast furnace slag yearly. The company operates with innovative technology, which uses slag, clay and plaster in a kiln and clinker-free production process.

The new process is environmentally protective as it does not involve the extraction of limestone, does not release gases into the atmosphere and – eventually – reduces the carbon footprint of the cement by 80%.

The a rotary kiln is used in the classic cement-making process where the raw materials are heated up to 1,450 degrees Celsius, which also generates the clinker by-product, largely responsible for the carbon footprint of the cement.

Cement producers in Romania but also in other countries use the granulated slag across Europe and Africa. The use of slag in the cement industry reduces the use of natural raw materials and – implicitly – its carbon footprint.

Aida Nechifor, General Director of LIBERTY Galati, said:

“Our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030 is already well-known within our GREENSTEEL concept, … we are very happy to be able to ensure that even the by-products of our current production process, such as blast furnace slag, can be used better to help reduce the carbon footprint of other products.”

Aida Nechifor, General Director of LIBERTY Galati

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