Tata Steel and ABB will jointly explore technologies to help reduce carbon footprint of steel production

7 September 2023

Tata Steel Ltd and ABB, a global technology leader, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on innovative initiatives aimed at reducing the carbon footprint associated with steel production. ABB, with its extensive expertise in automation, electrification, and digitalization within the mining and metals sectors, will play a pivotal role in this partnership.

Tata Steel is a major global player in the steel industry, boasting a crude steel capacity of 35 million tons per annum. The company has set ambitious sustainability goals, including achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. To align with its sustainability commitments, Tata Steel has set a medium-term target to reduce carbon emissions to less than two tons of CO2 per ton of crude steel in its Indian operations by 2025.

The collaboration between the two companies will focus on conducting comprehensive assessments of Tata Steel's manufacturing facilities and production plants. These assessments will lead to the co-development of both short-term and long-term strategies to enhance energy efficiency, decarbonization, and circularity.

Vipul Gautam, Group Vice President and Global Account Executive for Tata Group at ABB, highlighted the importance of this collaboration, stating, "Steel companies know there are opportunities to improve their processes, and Tata Steel is one of the leaders in this movement towards energy efficiency and reduction of carbon footprint." He also noted the significant mineral inputs required for the global energy transition, underlining ABB's commitment to work alongside its customers and partners to advance sustainable steelmaking processes.

Tata Steel is firmly dedicated to sustainable development and growth as a fundamental aspect of its business philosophy. To achieve sustainable growth, the company is actively implementing key strategies for deep decarbonization, such as increasing the use of scrap in steel production, exploring alternative fuels like natural gas and green hydrogen, utilizing renewable energy sources, and adopting carbon capture and storage/utilization technologies. Tata Steel aims to expand its capacity to 40 million tons by 2030, and the collaboration with ABB will play a crucial role in achieving this growth in a sustainable manner.

The partnership will also explore energy optimization through the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for upstream processes and energy reduction, as well as substitution through fully integrated electrification and digital systems, including ABB's solutions like ABB Ability™ eMine and e-Mobility solutions, and energy-efficient motors.

The global steel industry is responsible for contributing 7 to 9 percent of global fossil fuel CO2 emissions, as indicated by various sources, including the International Energy Agency (IEA).

ABB's Process Automation business focuses on automating, electrifying, and digitalizing industrial operations across various industries, addressing essential needs ranging from energy supply and water management to manufacturing and logistics. With a workforce of around 20,000 employees, ABB Process Automation leverages cutting-edge technology and service expertise to help customers in the process, hybrid, and maritime sectors enhance their operational performance and safety, promoting a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, working toward a future that is more sustainable and resource-efficient. The company's solutions integrate engineering expertise and software to optimize manufacturing, transportation, energy generation, and operational processes. With a history spanning over 130 years and a workforce of approximately 105,000 employees, ABB is dedicated to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation.


Source: new.abb.com