Ruetir reported that the maximum amount of nitrogen that steel company Tata Steel Netherlands is allowed to emit annually will be reduced by about 8% as the province of Noord-Holland has decided to lower the nitrogen ceiling. With the decision, the provincial government responds to requests from environmental organization Mobilization for the Environment MOB, which had called on the province of North Holland and environmental services at the beginning of this year to reduce Tata’s environmental impact. In one of those requests, MOB called for the complete withdrawal of Tata’s environmental permit, but the province did not respond. Due to tightening in coke factories in IJmuiden and a new oven at the hot strip mill, emissions should fall. Mobile equipment such as excavators and shovels must also be replaced by environmentally friendly alternatives. According to the province, Tata Steel will retain sufficient nitrogen space in the coming years to enable the transition to sustainable production of green steel in the coming years. Subsequently, the current nature permit will be updated in 2026. Tata does not have to scale back steel production due to the province’s decision, because it is not currently using all the nitrogen space offered. Tata Steel says it has taken note of the decision. The company calls the construction of a so-called DeNOx installation at the Pellet factory the most important investment to reduce emissions. The installation, which is expected to be commissioned in 2025, will substantially reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, lead, heavy metals and dust.