Tata Steel Netherland has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ford in Europe to supply the carmaker with Zeremis green steel once the IJmuiden steelworks switches to green hydrogen-based steelmaking. The agreement makes Ford the first customer committed to offtake the green steel that Tata Steel plans to produce via the hydrogen route, which is more sustainable and cleaner than the current steel making method. As Ford already targets the use of low-CO2 steel in its all-new, all-electric, medium-sized crossover, which will start production in Europe in 2023, the companies intend to explore opportunities to use other green steel products. This includes, for example, Tata Steel’s recently launched Zeremis Carbon Lite, steel with an allocated carbon footprint reduction of up to 100%. The lower CO2 intensity is based on CO2 savings realized within Tata Steel Nederland and is verified by independent assurance expert DNV. More than half the weight of an average car consists of steel, and a car can consist of dozens different types of steel. All types vary in strength, weight, formability, magnetic properties and coating types. From a safety, environmental and aesthetic point of view, there is a constant desire to make steel stronger, lighter and smoother. And with the growing popularity of electric cars, the design principles of cars are increasingly changing and so are the requirements that a car manufacturer places on steel.