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September 13, 2021

Faurecia teams with SSAB for fossil-free seating steel

Supplier aiming for full CO2 neutrality by 2050.

By Simon Warburton

Faurecia is partnering with Swedish steel maker, SSAB, for fossil-free high strength steel in its Seating Business.

At the end of 2019, Faurecia defined a roadmap to reach CO2 Neutrality for its internal emissions by 2025 (scopes 1&2) and reducing by half, its scope 3 emissions by 2030.

Faurecia secured SSAB fossil-free steel to start equipping its seating structures from 2026 onwards. SSAB will provide Faurecia with fossil-free steel, using hydrogen and zero-carbon electricity instead of coking coal and other fossil fuels traditionally used to produce the material.

“We are very proud to be the first automotive supplier to secure the production of fossil-free steel by SSAB,” said Faurecia CEO, Patrick Koller.

“This is a major step in our CO2 Neutrality journey for the scope 3. We are driving our roadmap with conviction and determination and take every step possible to achieve our ambition.

For his part, SSAB CEO, Martin Lindqvist, added: “We are very happy to work with Faurecia, a forerunner in the automotive supplier industry, on developing advanced high-strength, fossil-free steel products.

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“We have been strengthening our cooperation and increasing our business with Faurecia for some time with the focus in Advanced High Strength Steels, making car components stronger, lighter and safer.

“Now we are committed to bring our cooperation to the next level by introducing SSAB Fossil Free AHSS steels increasingly from 2026 on, to contribute to Faurecia´s decarbonisation targets and reduce global CO2 emissions.

Beyond its CO2 Neutrality ambitions for 2025 & 2030, Faurecia aims for full CO2 neutrality by 2050, including the use phase of its products.

These targets are aligned with the 1.5°C ambition of the Science Based Target initiative.

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