Mapping Tata Steel’s sustainability ambitions, results and efforts

IJMUIDEN – Tata Steel Netherlands has published the sustainability report for the financial year 2021/2022. With the report, the steel company wants to provide insight into the measures taken to accelerate sustainability and thus further reduce the impact on the immediate living environment and the climate. At the same time, it is a call to stakeholders to act together in this regard.

“2021/2022 is a game changer for our sustainability ambitions,” says Hans van den Berg, CEO of Tata Steel Netherlands. “With our activities in the EU, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA, we are one of the largest steel producers in Europe and we supply high-quality steel to demanding customers all over the world. Our steel company in IJmuiden plays an important role in the region and we want to remain an inseparable part of IJmond for the next 100 years. Although we continuously manufacture high-quality steel, we are committed to further minimizing the impact on our immediate environment and we are fully committed to the transformation into a cleaner, greener and circular steel producer, and we have sharpened our climate ambitions.”

Van den Berg continues: “We can only realize our ambitions in close cooperation and dialogue with local residents, governments, customers, NGOs and other stakeholders. We therefore want to be transparent about our sustainability ambitions, results and efforts. I hope that this report helps to find each other in the conversation and common solutions.”

The sustainability report provides insight into the themes relevant to the company and stakeholders, namely to further reduce the impact of smell, dust and noise on the immediate environment; the revised climate strategy and production of green steel via the hydrogen route; employee well-being, health and vitality; and long-term profitability.

Some important developments in 2021/2022

· Environment & surroundings. Various measures have been implemented within the Roadmap Plus improvement program to further reduce emissions of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). First measurements from independent measurement agencies show that the intended halving compared to 2019 has been achieved.

· Environment & surroundings. The construction of a dedusting plant at the Pill Factory has recently started. Due to an adapted design, the dedusting plant is expected to be put into operation next year. This is expected to reduce the emissions of dust, lead and heavy metals from this factory by approx. 80%.

· Decarbonisation and sustainability. Tata Steel is responsible for the total direct and indirect emissions of 15.7 million tonnes of CO2. This includes for the first time the so-called scope 3 emissions (4.3 million tonnes; 27% of total CO2 emissions). The company wants to get an even more accurate picture of these indirect emissions in the coming years.

· Decarbonisation and sustainability. In September 2021, Tata Steel revised its climate strategy and has since focused on the production of green steel based on hydrogen. This means a thorough transformation of the company, where, among other things, the two blast furnaces and coke and gas factories will eventually be abandoned.

· Decarbonisation and sustainability. The so-called design phase is well under way. In August, three companies were awarded the contract to prepare the further technical preparations in more detail.

· Decarbonisation and sustainability. A few months ago, Tata Steel tightened its climate ambitions. In 2030, the company wants to emit around 35 to 40% less CO2 and in 2045 it will be completely CO2 neutral.

· Decarbonisation and sustainability. CO2 reduction measures are being taken at Tata Steel sites across Europe. The new factory in Geldermalsen, for example, runs exclusively on electricity, and the site in Finnish Nmetaali has been heated by heat pumps that work on green electricity since the beginning of this year. As a result, this location operates practically CO2-neutral for scope 1 and 2. Currently, a pre-heating furnace at the factory in Maubeuge (France) is being replaced by a more energy-efficient furnace. The generated heat is also reused elsewhere in the production process due to a smarter design. This reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

· People & society. Tata Steel established a new diversity and inclusion program last year. In the coming years, the company wants to improve the working climate in such a way that 99% of the employees feel that they can be themselves at work. Efforts are also being made to increase cultural diversity and increase the number of women in technical professional and decision-making positions.

· Customer value. In order to be able to compete at the top of the steel world in the future as well, Tata Steel has, among other things, put a new strand casting machine into use. With the installation, the steel company can produce an even wider range of advanced steels, including so-called ‘advanced high strength steels’ and ‘ultra high strength steels’. Steel that is super strong, but at the same time easily malleable. With this, the car manufacturers can, for example, design lighter and thus more economical cars, which are also even safer than the current models.

· Customer value. To meet the growing demand for low-carbon steel, the company has launched Zeremis Carbon Lite, a steel with an assigned CO2 reduction of up to 100%. The lower CO2 intensity is based on CO2 savings achieved in Tata Steel Holland and verified by DNV.

· Customer value. Together with Quaker Houghton, a technique has been developed to provide Contiflo pipes with a water-based anti-corrosion coating on the inside, instead of a zinc spray based on volatile organic compounds. Contiflo pipes are used worldwide in greenhouses for, among other things, greenhouse horticulture.

The sustainability report is based as far as possible on the guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Tata Steel also relates its impact to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim is to report fully in accordance with the GRI-2021 criteria in the future and to have the reports verified externally.

Tata Steel Netherlands is part of Indian Tata Steel Limited. The company has a financial year that runs from 1 April to 31 March, and the parent company publishes annually at group level on sustainability. The Tata Steel Netherlands Sustainability Report 2021/2022 can be viewed as a local supplement.

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