The transformation of steel: blockers, builders and implications

Wednesday 19th June 11:15 - 11:45


This session will explore the inevitable transition away from coal as steel decarbonizes, and the implications in the near and far future. Like thermal coal, the breadth and pace of change will ripple through the geography of production, the economics of green steel, and the stories we tell about its place in our civilisation.

Caroline will explore the challenges and opportunities for companies embracing this transformation, the risks looming over those that block it, and why transformational action, not tinkering, will forge the true future of steel.


Caroline Ashley



Caroline Ashley is the executive director of SteelWatch, leading a small and growing international team driven by huge ambition: to decarbonize and transform the steel industry for a fair and thriving zero-emissions world.

She is an experienced leader, systems-thinker, and change-maker. A socio-economist by background, her career has spanned work in non-profits, policy research, policy making, business innovation, impact investment, consultancy, and community development, in Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas. Her early career in international development focused on equity and sustainability within market systems. Prior to founding SteelWatch, Caroline was economic justice strategic lead at Oxfam GB, challenging powerful players around the world to stretch for greater socio-economic transformation and climate resilience, and global programmes director at Forum for the Future, driving shifts from incremental change to system transformation in energy, food and the role of business in society.


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