At last week’s UK Metal Expo exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC, Tata Steel—the UK’s largest steel producer—announced it is to commit its Port Talbot site in South Wales to become accredited to ‘ResponsibleSteel’. The company is also to formally adopt Science Based Targets with respect to its programme of emission reductions and net zero aspirations.
Tata Steel’s Chief Commercial Officer, Anil Jhanji, announced the decision during his keynote speech to industry peers last week. He said: “We are on a journey to decarbonise, to make a better world for the future.
“These commitments to ResponsibleSteel and SBTi are a clear statement to the world and to our customers that we mean business. This will include decarbonising every aspect of our business from our procurement of raw materials and energy, to our iron and steelmaking at Port Talbot and through our downstream coating, tube-making and further processing operations, and logistics.
“We have always valued collaborations with our customers, suppliers and academic experts, as well as independent bodies and groups such as ResponsibleSteel and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
“It is important that we not only continue on our journey to reduce our emissions and reach net-zero carbon by 2045, but also to do so in a validated way, measuring our progress according to robust and agreed measurement processes. We firmly believe signing up to such partnerships will help us achieve those goals.”
ResponsibleSteel’s Chief Executive Officer, Annie Heaton added: “We are delighted that Port Talbot has announced its intention to join with industry leaders globally and aim for certification against the ResponsibleSteel Standard. This is an indication of the site’s commitment not only to decarbonisation but to the core interests of the local community.”
Alongside the UK Metals Expo exhibition, Tata Steel was also a key exhibitor at Recycling and Waste Management, which was being help concurrently at the NEC. As well as recycling over half a million tonnes of steel scrap each year through its steel plant, Tata Steel also supplies 100% recyclable tinplated steels for food cans, petfood cans and aerosols.
- Tata Steel Group signed up to become a member of Responsible Steel in August 2020
- The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is driving ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets.
- Science-based targets show companies how much and how quickly businesses need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, leading them on a clear path towards decarbonisation. By guiding companies in science-based target setting, SBTi enables them to tackle climate change while seizing the benefits and boosting their competitiveness in the transition to a net-zero economy.
- Not-for-profit organisation,ResponsibleSteel is the industry’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification programme.
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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 2050 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.
- The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.