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  • Steel for a sustainable future

    Steel is the most commonly used metal in the world. It is intrinsic to our way of life now, to the products society will demand in future, and to achieving a circular economy. Steel maximises the value of resources more than any other material, through its recovery and reuse, manufacturing and recycling.

    Carbon-neutral steelmaking for a sustainable future

    The steel industry today is responsible for a significant contribution to carbon dioxide emissions. As a primary steelmaker, we bring together iron ore and coal in blast furnaces to create iron, which is then refined to create thousands of different grades of steel. This process also produces carbon dioxide. There are limits to how much the blast furnace method of making steel can be further decarbonised and so we are working hard to find other ways of achieving our ambition of becoming a carbon-neutral steelmaker…

    We are committed to innovating by developing breakthrough technologies and nurturing ongoing innovation projects that have the potential to change the way steel is produced. We envisage doing this in the following ways, together with our customers, industrial partners, governments and other industries:

    • Turning waste gases from steel production into valuable raw materials for the chemicals industry and creating options to connect to a future carbon storage infrastructure.
    • Developing breakthrough technologies, like HIsarna, for steelmaking that help us to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions.
    • Playing a pivotal role in kick-starting the hydrogen economy.
    • Championing technologies that lead to carbon neutral steelmaking.

    Integrating steel into the circular economy

    Steel is ideally suited to be integrated into the circular economy. It is a versatile material that allows for product reuse or remanufacture, and the material is – uniquely – infinitely recyclable with no loss of quality.

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    Steel is used, never consumed. It is a permanent material that does not go to waste. It is fair to say that nearly all steel is either already recycled or will be recycled. Therefore, it is also reasonable to assume that steel either has delivered, or will deliver, a benefit through recycling.

    Steel components in construction and many other applications can be designed to be modular and demountable, allowing them to be reused. Steel products such as gearboxes and turbines can be refurbished for a second life.

    Tata Steel is already a major recycler of steel, using around 20% steel scrap in our steelmaking process. The development of HIsarna as a low-carbon steelmaking alternative offers exciting new possibilities for recycling and recovering steel scrap material. The HIsarna process can utilise up to 50% of scrap material.

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    Enabling sustainable cars

    We believe that steel has a vital part to play in delivering the goal of safe, clean and efficient motoring, accessible to all.

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