Implementing all known process efficiencies while demand doubles
will not meet carbon emissions targets for steel and aluminium…
…what else can be done?

WellMet2050 is investigating novel methods of meeting global carbon emissions targets for steel and aluminium that go beyond improving process efficiency by reconsidering the entire product lifecycle. Based in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, the five–year project is backed by £1.5m of government funding through the EPSRC Leadership Fellowship scheme and a consortium of more than twenty companies, partner universities and leading academics.


By analysis of the technical challenges, metal flows and emissions scenarios, and the barriers, drivers and pathways for implementation, WellMet2050 will explore four themes spanning the supply chain:

Theme 1: Reuse without melting

Can we avoid energy-intensive melting at product end-of-life? (Theme 1 Report)

Theme 2: Less metal, same service

Can we use less metal in products? (Theme 2 Report)

Theme 3: Longer, more intense metal use

Can we make more use of existing products? (Theme 3 Report)

Theme 4: Supply chain compression

Can we streamline metal fabrication? (Theme 4 Report)

‘Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open’ – launched at ICTP 2011 Conference

Going on a metal diet Find out more about the book

Further Information

Full details about WellMet2050 can be found in our project brochure:
Steel, aluminium and the carbon targets 2010-2050 [pdf 472kb]
2010-2050年 钢、铝和碳目标 [Mandarin, pdf 668kb]

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