Optemis, is our ambition for the planet to become a carbon neutral steelmaker by 2045. A brighter, cleaner future.
Optemis is our journey towards a carbon-neutral, circular world.
While the critical role of steel to help build the net zero world of the future is clear – renewable energy projects, electric vehicles and sustainable buildings to name just a few – we recognise the current steel making process creates substantial CO2 emissions.
Tata Steel’s UK business is committed to reducing its emissions, with the ambition of achieving CO2-neutral steel making by 2045 and achieving at least a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 (compared to 2018 levels). To achieve this we are looking at a range of technology options and are holding detailed discussions with the UK Government.
To reach carbon-neutrality by 2045 we have to fundamentally transform our iron and steel production processes which will take a number of years to complete. In the meantime we are not sitting idle. Instead, we are working on a large number of projects to make reductions in CO2 emissions as part of our push towards carbon neutral steel production. Each of these will help us to further reduce our carbon emissions.
The challenge of meeting society’s demands for net-zero carbon steel making is huge. But our company has a long history of meeting such challenges in a responsible way and we believe passionately in steel’s vital role in society’s low-carbon future.
To be a net-zero steelmaker by 2045
The question is not whether hydrogen will have a part to play in UK steelmaking, but when.
While various steelmaking technologies are being considered, Tata Steel UK is a founding member of the South Wales Industrial Cluster which is developing plans for shared infrastructure and a similar hydrogen economy.
It is also why we have introduced Optemis Carbon Lite - a certified low CO2 steel offering to customers.