Agreements with Tata Steel on CO2 reduction and improvement of the living environment | News report

News feature | 15-07-2022 | 15:45

Tata Steel Netherlands wants to emit 5 megatons less CO2 in 2030 and promises to be climate neutral in 2045. In addition, further ambitions have been incorporated to improve the living environment in the new Principle expression. This letter of intent was signed today by the province of Noord-Holland, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and Tata Steel. Although the Expression of Principles is not binding, this letter of intent is indicative. The document serves as a framework for the tailor-made agreement between the government and Tata Steel.

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Reduction of CO2

An important part of making Tata more sustainable is reducing CO2 emissions. In the letter of intent, Tata Steel Netherlands expresses the ambition to emit 5 megatons less CO2 by 2030 and to be fully climate neutral by 2045. In September last year, Tata Steel decided to switch from underground CO2 storage to green steel production with the Direct Reduced Iron production process. This process is more sustainable and cleaner than the current way of producing steel and uses green hydrogen in production. The transition to this way of producing steel is complex, as the entire steelmaking process must be adapted and existing blast furnaces replaced.

Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Micky Adriaansen: “We want Tata Steel to be cleaner faster. Reducing CO2 emissions and limiting the impact on the living environment: With this letter of intent, the company and the government set their ambitions. We now elaborate on this further in the tailor-made agreements with the company. An important milestone. Together with the province of Noord-Holland, the Secretary of State and I are investigating how we can support the plans. “

Improving the environmental and health situation by 2030

The amended letter of intent contains further ambitions to reduce the company’s impact on the residential environment. For example, it has been agreed that Tata Steel Netherlands will conduct research into further improvement of the environmental and health situation prior to the transition in 2030. Part of this research is the earlier closure of the most polluting business activities, such as Kooksfabriek 2.

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Vivianne Heijnen: “I believe that the future of Tata Steel can only be clean and sustainable. It is very clear from this declaration of intent. Including further ambitions to improve the living environment by 2030. We keep our finger on the pulse “so that the ambitions become a reality. Improvements are needed for the climate, the environment and the health of the local residents.”

To realize the ambitions together

The government, the province of North Holland and Tata Steel emphasize the importance of a more sustainable and clean steel production for the Netherlands. In the letter of intent, the governments state that they are ready to examine how the plans and projects to transform the company into a more sustainable and clean steel plant can be supported. In addition to any necessary financial support, it also involves timely decision-making on permit applications and the realization of the necessary hydrogen infrastructure. Emphasis is also placed on the nitrogen issue.

Jeroen Olthof, Deputy for the Province of North Holland for Viability, Environment and Health: “It is important for the people of IJmond that we enter into joint agreements in the declaration of intent on the transition to sustainable steel production, and that health is part of this. The expression of principles is a good first step, which should be prepared as soon as possible in an implementation program. ”

This letter of intent sets out the direction that will be further elaborated in the coming period in the binding customized agreements between Tata Steel and the government.

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