Steel Dynamics, Inc., a steel producer and metals recycler headquartered in Fort Wayne, on July 7 announced a goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 for its electric arc furnace (EAF) steel mill operations. To achieve this target, the company also set interim emissions reduction and renewable energy milestones to be achieved by 2025 and 2030.
On the path to carbon neutrality, Steel Dynamics is targeting a 20% Scope 1 and Scope 2 combined greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity reduction across its EAF steel mills by 2025, and a 50% reduction by 2030, compared to a 2018 baseline. Additionally, the company plans to increase the use of renewable electrical energy for its EAF steel mills to 10% by 2025 and 30% by 2030, according to a news release from the company.
These goals expand on Steel Dynamics’ existing sustainability focus, with its use of electric arc furnace technology, circular manufacturing model, and innovative teams creating solutions to increase efficiencies, reduce raw material usage, reuse secondary materials, and promote material conservation and recycling.
The news release says Steel Dynamics plans to be a leader in this area, focusing on:
• Identifying and implementing emission reduction projects
• Improving energy management to reduce emissions and enhance operational efficiency
• Increasing the use of renewable energy, including partnering with local utilities
• Researching and developing innovative technologies
“Our commitment to all aspects of sustainability is embedded in our founding principles — valuing our teams, our partners, our communities, and our environment,” said Mark D. Millett, chairman, president and chief executive officer, in the news release. “As evidence of our ongoing commitment, our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions are already among the lowest in the industry. We are embarking on a path to carbon neutrality from a position of strength — and we are committed to the continued reduction of our environmental footprint.”
Based on International Energy Agency recommendations for the steel sector, Steel Dynamics’ current steelmaking operations already fall within the 2050 intensity targets designed to meet the Paris Agreement and its 2°C scenario, according to the news release. Further, the company is aligned with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as its EAF steel mills plan to meet the SBTi “well below 2°C” scenario target for Scope 1 and 2 combined emissions intensity by at least 2030, based on the Iron and Steel Sectoral Decarbonization Approach.
“Steel is a vital resource in building a sustainable future,” Millett said. “With these new targets and a proven track record of progress, we are demonstrating that steel must continue to play a critical role in the ‘green’ transition.”
Parkview’s Advanced Medical Simulation Lab accredited
The Advanced Medical Simulation Lab (Sim Lab) at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation has been accredited as a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The recognition is another milestone as Parkview Health prepares to launch graduate medical education programs in general surgery and internal medicine in 2022.
Parkview’s Sim Lab is a state-of-the-art facility featuring some of the most advanced medical simulation technology available today. Individual physicians, as well as teams of clinical professionals, can train in one of three labs equipped with high-fidelity medical manikins, virtual reality systems and other simulation tools.
As a Comprehensive AEI, the Sim Lab has demonstrated it addresses the educational needs of a broad spectrum of learners and advances the science of simulation-based surgical education. In addition to providing its current training programs for health care providers and students, the Sim Lab will help train general surgery residents in Parkview’s new graduate medical education program, which will begin accepting applications this fall.
“This recognition exemplifies our expertise in educating health care providers with state-of-the-art technology and programs, led by accomplished clinical faculty including Kevin Pei, MD, director of the new general surgery program,” said Michael Mirro, MD, senior vice president and chief academic research officer, Parkview Health, in a news release. “Though we provide training for an array of specialties, we are especially excited to invest in a world-class graduate medical education program to serve the needs of northeast Indiana. We look forward to welcoming general surgery residents next year and helping them learn the skills they need to provide excellent care.”
According to the ACS, the overall goals of the AEI program are to enhance surgical patient safety, support surgeons’ maintenance of certification requirements, address the competencies that all surgeons and surgical residents need to achieve and demonstrate, and enhance access to contemporary surgical education. AEIs provide learners an opportunity to learn and practice new skills and receive immediate feedback without compromising patient safety or comfort. AEIs also conduct innovative research to advance simulation-based surgical education.
The AEI accreditation program is a voluntary, peer-review process. Institutions that successfully complete the process are accredited for a period of five years. To receive accreditation, an institution undergoes a stringent two-part review process, including an onsite survey conducted by experienced surgeon site reviewers who have expertise in skills and simulation education.