ecoke®, developed by CPL Industries during the final months of 2021, is a manufactured solid fuel containing a minimum of 30% fully renewable, sustainably sourced, biomass. According to CPL Industries, it delivers "significantly lower carbon emissions compared to traditional fossil-based coke and anthracite". The firm added the product continues to enjoy success in "hard-to-abate industries throughout Europe" – particularly in the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia – and is now attracting attention from a wider global audience.
Scott Jackson, plant manager at ACP of LIBERTY Speciality Steel said: “The success of LIBERTY’s ecoke®trials is a major step forward for our GREENSTEEL strategy. The major reductions in CO2 emissions ecoke® enables without any downside to the production process can help to further decarbonise our production and the wider steel industry.”
Jason Sutton, CEO of CPL Industries Solid Fuels, said: “We are proud to support Liberty’s GREENSTEEL initiative: Liberty Steel is at the vanguard of decarbonisation strategies in steel, we quickly identified a natural fit and an opportunity to develop a strategic partnership between two major employers in the Yorkshire and Humber region. ecoke® provides an immediate path to decarbonisation, and we are committed to a programme of product development and investment to deliver further advances in biofuels in order to exceed industry expectations and deliver further carbon savings for the coming years.
"Throughout much of 2022 customers have additionally been faced with delivery security issues and we are actively working with a number of major industrial companies on how best the combined capacity of 500,000 tonnes per annum across our UK and Ireland production facilities can help alleviate these supply-chain issues and provide security of supply.”
Solid Fuels managing director, Steve Anson, added: “Our continued success follows consistently excellent results from testing and trials since our launch 12 months ago, and we continue to build sustainable relationships with strategically important partners for the future.
"Where no two furnaces react in quite the same way and no two industries share identical demands, our aim is to develop customer-specific grades and blends to maximise the production and carbon-saving benefit.
"We look forward to developing our commercial relationship and technical cooperation with Liberty over the coming months and years to mutual benefit. Our next-gen solid fuels are already under development and this partnership with Liberty will continue as we further develop sustainable solutions for the future."