Tata steel melts iron ore, coal and ferro alloys, mainly using coal as a fuel. This results in a higher carbon footprint for any integrated steel plant. As of now, there is no economically viable technologically feasible route of iron making with lower or no usage of coal that we know of. Can you help us reduce emmissions?
About Tata Steel
Established in Jamshedpur, India in the year 1907, Tata Steel is part of the 150-year-old Tata group. Tata Steel is an integrated steel plant with our own iron ore and coal mines. We have iron-making blast furnaces and steel-making Basic Oxygen Furnaces. Tata Steel India has two integrated steel plants: one in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and one in Kalinganagar, Odisha. We are continuously energy-saving technologies such as high productivity blast furnaces, waste heat recovery through top recovery turbines in blast furnaces, and Coke Dry Quenching (CDQ) in coke ovens. We have continuously improved our energy efficiency and recently commissioned a 3 MW Solar plant at our Noamundi iron ore mines. Tata Steel Group is the 10th largest steel manufacturer in the world and is known to be the hallmark of corporate citizenship and business ethics. With operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in 50 countries, the Tata Steel Group has a steel production capacity of 27.5 MTPA (Metric Tons Per Year).
Our CO2 Emissions
For each ton of crude steel, our CO2 emissions are approximately 2.30 tCO2 at the Jamshedpur plant and 2.65 tCO2 at the Jamshedpur plant. The Kalinganagar plant has higher emissions as the plant was under ramp up in 2018, and the equipment and processes were yet to reach the rated capacity. We were able to consume less and less coal in our blast furnaces, but there is still a lot to be done.
Challenges remain: reaching the international benchmark
In Jamshedpur, we have reduced our CO2 emissions by 36%, while tripling our crude steel capacity in the last two decades. Our Jamshedpur steel-making blast furnace is the Indian benchmark in CO2 emissions. However, the challenge for Tata Steel remains to achieve the breakthrough of emission levels of less than 2 tCO2e /ton of crude steel to reach the world benchmark levels. Therefore, we are looking for technologies for use of alternate fuels, carbon capture and use.
Get in contact
We are open to partnerships options within industry or with other industries or academia/research organizations working on carbon capture and use. Preferably located in India, but not necessarily. Tata Steel is ready to offer an open and start-up kind of environment to potential partners who can help us come up with innovative solutions towards reducing our carbon footprint.
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We set out 2 more challenges…
Not only do we want to decrease our CO2 emissions drastically, but we are also working on, 100% solid waste (slag) reuse, as well as reducing liquid waste & fresh water consumption.