In its Steel2Chemicals project, Dow is investigating the use of alternative raw materials for its chemicals production processes.

The project started with a screening for synergies between different large companies’ production units in the same region. One synergy that was identified and now actively pursued is synthesis gas, which combines carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H). Dow produces hydrogen in its site in Terneuzen, Belgium, and the nearby blast furnaces of ArcelorMittal produces significant amounts of carbon monoxide that is currently being burned. The two companies are preparing a collaboration and as such setting an example of industrial symbiosis in the service of the circular economy.