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Are you looking to stay ahead of the curve and learn about the latest trends in sustainable industry practices? Tune in to learn with us the transformative potential of circular economy in industries, such as ArcelorMittal, the largest steel manufacturer in North and South America and Europe. Our guest, Eric De Coninck, Business Development Director of Arcelor Mittal, shares his insights on the challenges companies may face when transitioning to a circular economy and the key goals for its successful implementation. We also discuss the role of partnering to ensure a circular economy, with ArcelorMittal operating in symbiosis with other companies to exchange flows of waste materials, by-products, used water, and waste energy. This includes the collaboration with Lanzatech for Steelanol Plant and the company's involvement within North-CCU-Hub, among others. The episode ends by emphasizing the need for technology roadmaps, demand signals, finance, and policy engagement to revolutionize sustainable industry practices.

Meet our guest

Meet Eric De Coninck, a distinguished civil engineering graduate from Ghent University who has spent the vast part of his career in the steel industry. After completing his studies, Eric began his professional journey as a researcher in the lab of a paper mill, before joining N.V. Sidmar (now ArcelorMittal) in 1983. Throughout his career at ArcelorMittal, Eric has held various management positions, showcasing his expertise in maintenance management, production planning, and project engineering. Eric's outstanding leadership and operational excellence saw him rise to the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2008, overseeing the Upstream industrial operations of the Li├Ęge plant. The following year, he took on a similar role at the Fos sur Mer steel mill, responsible for engineering and industrial operations. Eric's contributions to the steel industry are not limited to his managerial roles. In 2012, he became the AM FCE CTO Business Development Director, focusing on the adoption of new technologies and sustainability projects within the ArcelorMittal group through AM Innovation. With his wealth of experience and expertise, Eric has established himself as a prominent figure in the steel industry. We are delighted to have him as a guest on our podcast and look forward to learning more about his incredible journey.

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ArcelorMittal - ArcelorMittal is a multinational steel manufacturing company based in Luxembourg. It's the world's largest steel producer and has operations in over 60 countries. The company was formed in 2006 through the merger of Arcelor and Mittal Steel. Its products are used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, construction, appliances, and packaging. 

Climate Action Reports - Learn about net-zero roadmap of ArcelorMittal