The first steel coil was delivered to the company’s proprietary steel centre in Schwerte, which is operated by the Niedax subsidiary Boecker Stahl-Service . The carbon emissions from producing the 22 ton, hot zinc dipped coil were reduced by 85 percent by an independently certified insetting process. This is the equivalent of saving 45 tons of carbon – comparable to the yearly emission of 33 passenger cars.
The carbon-reduced steel allows the Niedax Group to produce cable management systems for large infrastructure projects in their own Steel Service Center with a significantly improved climate balance. Over the next weeks, the Niedax Group expects further shipments of Optemis® Carbon Lite steel. Optemis® Carbon Lite is a wholly certified concept that was verified by the independent certification body DNV, an organisation for auditing and risk management.
Bruno Reufels, CEO of Niedax Group, sees processing these steel coils in the proprietary Steel Service Center as an important milestone towards reducing emissions and a more sustainable future:
“As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cable management systems we are obliged to conduct our business in a sustainable manner and reduce the carbon footprint of our products. We therefore invest in new technologies and are happy to cooperate with Tata Steel UK within the initiative for carbon-reduced steel products. We have already noted a first interest from industry segments close to customers, such as construction and automotive. Our perspective is to focus on serving their demand for emissions-reduced steel.”
Tata Steel UK is very clear about the scope of the presently still unavoidable carbon emissions from steel production, and with the insetting process certified by a neutral party wants to take a pioneering role in producing emissions-reduced steel. The company is also supporting many projects to reduce its carbon emissions. Savings from these projects can be transferred to customers through Optemis® Carbon Lite steel, so that they can immediately achieve savings within their added value chain with regard to scope-3-emissions according to the GHG Protocol.
“It is our obligation to reduce our emissions: Our goal is to reach carbon-neutral steel production by the year 2045 and to lower emissions by at least 30 percent until the year 2030,” says Anil Jhanji, Chief Commercial Officer at Tata Steel UK.
“Each ton of Carbon Lite steel that we sell contributes to financing further carbon-saving projects, which will accelerate our transition to decarbonisation.” For this reason, the first shipment to an internationally leading enterprise like the Niedax Group is an important step on our way to offering carbon-neutral steel.”