Tata Steel IJmuiden Refines Plans for Decarbonisation
Tata Steel in the Netherlands faces a major sustainability challenge, both in the reduction of CO2 emissions and in the improvement of the local
Tata Steel in the Netherlands faces a major sustainability challenge, both in the reduction of CO2 emissions and in the improvement of the local environment. Together with the Dutch Government, Tata Steel in the Netherlands has laid out its CO2 reduction ambitions through an Expression of Principles document. In this, Tata Steel in the Netherlands has further refined its plans for decarbonisation with the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by five million tonnes a year by 2030. This would be an ambitious step towards helping the Netherlands in reaching the goals of the Dutch Climate Agreement.
Meanwhile, Tata Steel in the Netherlands has submitted an application for a permit which could lead to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions from the IJmuiden steelworks. The plans have been submitted to the regional authority, Province of Noord-Holland and involves
Capturing CO2 from the two IJmuiden blast furnaces and storing it in empty North Sea gas fields;
Using by-product gases from the blast furnaces to produce 100,000 tonnes of hydrogen a year which would be used to help make steel and to supply a national future hydrogen network.
A spokesperson for Tata Steel said “If the plans are approved and the necessary funding agreed, this would lead to a 40% reduction in IJmuiden’s CO2 emissions by 2030, equal to five million tonnes a year. It would also be an important step towards Tata Steel Europe reaching its CO2 neutral ambition by 2050 at the latest. Our decarbonisation plans will need Dutch Government financial and regulatory support. We know the permit process will take time, so it’s important we start it now. This application will help progress one of a number of options for future decarbonisation which are still under consideration.”
At the same time, Tata Steel in the Netherlands has made significant investments to improve the local environment. This includes a recently completed building to prevent graphite emissions. The company has also announced an additional environmental investment package of 300 million euros which will be implemented in the coming years.