Tata Steel's IJmuiden steelworks in the Netherlands has been ranked third in the 2022 C02 intensity benchmark, published by the World Steel Association (worldsteel).
According to worldsteel, the IJmuiden site has been among the top 10% since 2013 and for the past three years has scored a top-five position and illustrates the importance the steelmaker attaches to process optimisation.
Tata Steel says it has been working for years to reduce its C02 emissions and claims that its C02 intensity in terms of the steel produced at IJmuiden is around 7% below the European average and almost 19% below the global average.
"I am proud that we are once more recognised as one of the most C02-efficient steelworks in the world and I would like to share this recognition with all our people, contractors, suppliers and customers."Hans van den Berg, chairman of the board of management of Tata Steel Nederland
Hans van den Berg, chairman of the board of management of Tata Steel Nederland, commented: "I am proud that we are once more recognised as one of the most C02-efficient steelworks in the world and I would like to share this recognition with all our people, contractors, suppliers and customers."
He said that while steel is an essential part of everybody's daily lives, Tata Steel is not blind to the environmental impact of its activities, claiming that the company has invested significantly to reduce the impact of its IJmuiden activities on local residents and the environment in general.
Tata Steel Nederland aims to be C02-neutral by 2045 and says that C02 reduction measures are being implemented across Europe, citing its Naantali facility in Finland, which is the first within the company to have C02-neutral operations (for scope 1 and 2). The company's new Geldermalsen plant runs entirely on electricity.
There are plans to switch IJmuiden to green hydrogen-based steelmaking with its first direct reduction plants and electric arc furnaces by 2030. The plant hopes to become a producer of large quantities of high-quality green steel and reduce its emissions by between 35-40%.
McDermott, Danieli and Hatch have been awarded contracts for basic engineering and technical project management and an MOU has been signed with Ford to supply the automaker with Zeremis green steel when IJmuiden switches to green hydrogen steelmaking.