Tata Steel has implemented environmental management systems that have been certified as meeting the requirements of international standard ISO14001 at all its main manufacturing sites.
These systems provide us with a framework for managing compliance and achieving continuous improvement.
Our overall performance is subject to ongoing and detailed scrutiny by the Tata Steel Group board of directors, and Group-wide leadership in environmental matters is provided by the board’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
Our first priority is to remain fully compliant with the conditions of our environmental permits and with any other legal requirements that apply within the jurisdictions in which we operate.
At all of our manufacturing sites, we have implemented environmental management systems that have been certified as meeting the requirements of international standard ISO 14001. These systems provide us with a framework for managing compliance and achieving continuous improvement.
When a breach does occur, we investigate it rigorously and transparently in order to establish the root cause and identify corrective actions to ensure it is not repeated.
We aim to minimise our environmental impact wherever practicable and cost-effective to do so, and a substantial proportion of our capital investment in recent years has been on initiatives to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide and to achieve other environmental improvements.
Our main potential environmental impacts are from emissions to air of particulates, oxides of nitrogen, sulphur dioxide, and carbon dioxide and to water of hydrocarbons and suspended solids. We monitor all of these impacts, together with energy usage and waste treatment and report annually on all of these.
There is a lot of valuable nature at Tata Steel’s site in IJmuiden.
The biotopes at the steel company include wet dune valleys, herb-rich grasslands and forest which is more than 100 years old.
Special species living there include the sand lizard, natterjack toad, nightingale, the grasshopper warbler, the argus butterfly and rare orchids such as dogwort and swamp wasporchis.
There is even a moss species which does not occur anywhere else in the Netherlands: the lime purple stiltskin.
The site, in particular the lagoons, are situated on former intertidal land at the head of the River Dee Estuary.
The lagoons provide habitat for a number of breeding bird species.
A watch-tower and a bird hide allows Tata Steel to work with local schools.
Tata Steel provides ongoing assistance with the maintenance of the islands and reedbeds. This involves suppressing vegetation, as terns prefer to nest on bare, stony ground.