Acciaierie Italia to Present Green Steel Plan for ILVA
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Acciaierie Italia to Present Green Steel Plan for ILVA

Acciaierie d’Italia announced that it is ready to present, together with its industrial partners Fincantieri and Paul Wurth former Italimpianti, the plan

Acciaierie d’Italia announced that it is ready to present, together with its industrial partners Fincantieri and Paul Wurth former Italimpianti, the plan proposal for the ecological transition of the whole hot area of the Taranto Plant through the implementation of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies, with the objective of a progressive and constant reduction of emissions, even beyond the current requirements. The plan is a multiyear project in line with the targets of ecological compatibility as established by the European Union on climate change and energy impact, and is sub dived into several phases in order to allow an accurate measurement of the results being reached. The goal is the production of Green Steel in Italy. Acciaierie d’Italia is available to verify the plan proposal of ecological transition and industrial transformation with all the stakeholders, from Authorities to local community, the Unions and contractors.

The announcement came after the Council of State, Italy's highest administrative court, quashed a regional administrative court's ruling to shut down the plant. The State Council, upon the outcome of the hearing held on 13th May 2021, has published the decision to cancel the sentence of TAR Lecce no 249/2021. Therefore, the possibility to shut down the hot area of the Taranto plant of Acciaierie d’Italia and stop the related installations has come to an end, and their production activity will continue regularly. The Council of State court said in that the Taranto city order calling on the plant to be shut down due to high air pollution levels was illegitimate in the absence of the conditions of necessity and urgency. The administrative judges added that the city order overlapped the ways in which, ordinarily, situations of environmental pollution and health risk are managed.

Industry Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti welcomed the ruling saying an industrial project to clean up and boost production, saving jobs, could now move forward.

Once the largest steel producer in Europe, the factory emitted a lethal cocktail of carcinogenic dioxins and mineral particles for more than half a century that doctors say has caused a surge in cancer rates in the adjacent city of Taranto. The government took control in 2015 to safeguard jobs and reached a deal to sell the plant to ArcelorMittal in 2018. However, this is being renegotiated, with the state likely to become the main shareholder as environmental concerns remain.

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