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Australian steel making giant Bluescope has snubbed gas as a pathway to achieving net zero, and will focus instead on increasing its use of wind and solar and focusing on longer term solutions such as green hydrogen.

Bluescope on Monday announced on Monday it was committed to a net zero emissions target for its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions – a significant target for a major emitter, and follows the commitment last week by aluminium smelter Tomago to switch from coal to renewables by the end of the decade.

The commitment by Bluescope leaves the federal Coalition government even more isolated, as it refuses to adopt a net zero by 2050 target, despite the fact that all states and territories have signed jp to do so, and an increasing number of major corporates and polluters.

Bluescope CEO Mark Vassella said reaching net zero would not be easy, and indicated that the build of reductions would only be achieved after 2030 as new technologies, including using renewable hydrogen in the steel making process, emerged and proved a commercial success.

[Giles Parkinson]

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