White House Officials Meet with U. S. Steel Leaders
U. S. Steel President & CEO Dave Burritt and Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer Rich Fruehauf attended a roundtable at the White House today with senior climate and economic officials to discuss potential collaborations to support industrial decarbonization.
U. S. Steel was joined by senior leaders from other steel companies and manufacturers, as well as representatives from the United Steelworkers and the AFL-CIO.
The following individuals represented the Biden Administration in the meeting:
- Ali Zaidi: White House National Climate Advisor
- John Podesta: Senior Adviser to the President for Clean Energy & Implementation
- David Turk: Deputy Secretary of Energy
- David Crane: Director, Department of Energy Office of Clean Energy Development
- Trisha Miller: Senior Director for Industrial and Building Emissions, White House Climate Policy Office
- Representatives from the National Economic Council
During the meeting, U. S. Steel had the opportunity to highlight our commitment to and investments in sustainability through our Best for All® strategy. This includes:
- Our March 2 announcement of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly pursue the capture of CO2 emissions generated from U. S. Steel’s Gary Works;
- Engagement with the University of Illinois to advance air capture and storage studies at Gary Works;
- The development of innovative new steels, such as our verdeX® and XG3® steels, to support our customers working to reach their own sustainability goals;
- Investments in new capabilities to enable production of non-grain-oriented (NGO) steels, which are vital to support electric vehicle production; and
- Becoming the first North American headquartered steel company to:
- Announce a 2050 net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goal (Scope 1 and 2);
- Join ResponsibleSteel™, a global not-for-profit forum for organizations to work together to promote steel’s contribution to a sustainable future; and
- Achieve ResponsibleSteel™ site certification at our Big River Steel facility.
Following the meeting, U. S. Steel issued the following statement from Dave Burritt:
“The U. S. Steel story began more than 120 years ago, and we have consistently overcome the many challenges we’ve faced,” said Burritt. “As we look to the future, we’re focused on being at the forefront of the steel industry’s efforts to curb climate change. We appreciate the President’s leadership, today’s roundtable, and look forward to continuing our discussions with the Biden Administration. We share their enthusiasm for American manufacturing, a clean energy economy, and the valuable jobs that can be created. We look forward to ongoing collaborations that will help ensure that U. S. Steel’s products remain sustainably mined, melted, and made in America for the next 120 years.”