Carbon emissions have been a widely recognised issue for more than a century. As emissions continue to rise year after year, it’s increasingly common for organisations to acknowledge the issues associated with carbon emissions and give loose plans for reducing them in the future.
The future is now.
Carbon emissions are damaging to the planet and actions need to be taken immediately in order to minimise the damage.
At this year’s Zukunft Stahl conference in mid-February, Henrik Adam of Tata Steel Europe shared a similar message.
“Europe’s steel production will more and more depend on the decarbonisation process at mills… We feel a strong sense of responsibility to decarbonise our operations and we need to do this right now and not in ten years’ time. The future is being shaped today.” – Henrik Adam
To back up their statements, Tata Steel shared their goals for tackling carbon emissions: a 30-40% reduction in emissions in Europe by 2030, and the production of CO2-neutral steel by 2050.
Advances in technology over the coming years will make the decarbonisation of steel easier and more cost effective, but the luxury of time is dwindling.
“The future is being shaped today”
The urgency in Henrik Adam’s statement is not to be brushed aside. Furthermore, the responsibility of decarbonising the steel industry cannot lie on the shoulders of Tata Steel, or even on the shoulders of the European steel industry. Reducing carbon emissions in the steel industry must become a worldwide effort.
In a thick smog of CO2, Tata Steel’s efforts are a shining beacon of purity.
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