Cleveland-Cliffs Inc

Cleveland-Cliffs is proud to announce our plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2030 from 2017 levels. This goal represents combined Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emission reductions on a mass basis combined across all of our Cleveland-Cliffs operations. Read more about our strategic priorities in our Climate Commitment Plan.

As an energy intensive business, our greenhouse gas emissions are comprised of a wide range of direct and indirect emissions sources, including mobile equipment, building heating, iron ore indurating furnaces, a wholly owned power plant, and via the purchase of grid electrical power.

Our program has focused on the following:

  • Migrating to cleaner iron ore indurating furnace fuels, i.e. natural gas vs. coal
  • Implementing energy efficiency projects throughout the process
  • Conserving heat within the operating facilities during winter months
  • Replacing old equipment and motors with modern, efficient components and controls
  • Supporting our electrical provider’s significant efforts to move towards clean, renewable energy sources vs. fossil fuels (electrical provider in Minnesota is expected to achieve 44% renewable energy production by 2026)
  • Negotiating new power contracts with our suppliers to reduce cost and environmental impacts to the regions where we operate (Link)
  • Developing products for our customers to reduce steelmaking total greenhouse gas lifecycle emissions (Link)

Some additional information from these efforts is provided below.

Cliffs’ involvement in stabilizing the energy supply in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula facilitated the transition of the 350-megawatt coal-fueled Presque Isle Power Plant to new natural gas-generating stations with a combined output capacity of 183 megawatts. The transition, completed in Spring 2019, will result in an approximately 75% reduction in Scope 2 carbon dioxide emissions.

Two coal fired power plants will be replaced with renewable energy from the grid and cleaner, more efficient natural gas power generation.

Our procurement of renewable energy in Michigan and Minnesota will increase substantially over the coming years, to approximately 40-45% by 2025.

In the last three years, two of our facilities have implemented numerous energy efficiency projects that have resulted in 67,000,000 kWh savings (enough for 2,100 houses over three years).

In 2019, we exceeded the U.S. 2015 Paris Agreement pledge of 26 to 28% GHG emissions reduction from 2005 baseline levels six years ahead of the 2025 target for both our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.  Our 2019 GHG emissions exceeded the Paris Agreement target reductions on both a mass basis and an intensity basis.  On a mass basis, we reduced our direct Scope 1 and indirect Scope 2 GHG mass emissions at our Mining and Pelletizing segment from 2005 levels by 42% through 2019 and expect to further reduce those emissions from the 2005 levels by 47% through 2020.  On an intensity basis, we reduced our Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 31% compared to 2005 emissions with an objective to further reduce our GHG intensity by 36% in 2020 compared to 2005 emissions. 

Actual GHG Emissions

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GHG Emissions Intensity

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