29 May 2024
Corporate News

Sky News: Steel going green

Sky News' Nick Martin talks to Peter Quinn

Tata Steel UK has featured in a recent mini-documentary by Sky News about the challenges and opportunities of ‘going green’ in the Port Talbot region, and the company’s ambition to reduce its carbon emissions by over 5 million tonnes a year.

The 15 minute programme, called “Faultlines: The Cost of Going Green”, which is also available on YouTube, started by looking at the ambitious project to generate clean green electricity through Floating Offshore Windpower in the Celtic Sea.  Ashley Curnow from ABP talked about the potential for creating enough energy to power 4 million homes and creating up to 10,000 jobs in the region, with port construction starting sometime in 2027.

Tata Steel UK’s Director of Sustainability & Environment, Pete Quinn spoke to presenter Nick Martin at the Port Talbot site’s Blast Furnaces, and took him to the site for the new electric arc furnace within the existing steelplant. “We do believe that what we are doing will create a better future not just for Port Talbot but for the whole of the UK. What we are doing is difficult but necessary.”

Jessica Hooper, Director Renewable UK Cymru talked about the potential for the £100million Transition Board funding as an opportunity to support people to come into the renewables sector.

Pete summed up: “We believe this is a just transition. The alternative isn’t to keep this (Blast Furnace based steelmaking) running; the actual alternative to what we’re doing is for this to close and for there not to be any steelmaking in Port Talbot any more, and that absolutely isn’t a just transition.”

Watch the full programme here: Faultlines: The cost of going green - YouTube

Sky News' Nick Martin talks to Peter Quinn

About Tata Steel UK

  • The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. 
  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2045 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. 
  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. 
  • Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. 

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