Tata Steel Nederland launches biofuel-powered delivery service

Tata Steel Nederland has started offering low carbon delivery of its products by trucks that run on vegetable oil-based fuel, it said in a Nov. 7 statement.

Tata Steel Nederland has launched — the option for customers to receive their steel orders through lower-emission transportation methods and through that reduce their Scope 3 emissions. one of Europe’s largest steelmakers

Initially, the service — called Zeremis Delivered — will be available to buyers within a 300 km distance from the company’s sites in the Netherlands and Belgium, but the company is partnering with logistics specialists to develop longer range solutions and other modes of transportation such as rail, barge and sea-going vessels.

Trucks would be powered by HVO100 (hydrotreated vegetable oil), a fossil free diesel substitute that reduces the CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to conventional fossil fuel, the company said.

Tata Steel Nederland is not the first steel company in Europe to seek low carbon shipping solutions. In a bid to establish low-emission logistics chains and shipping concepts, German steelmaker Salzgitter said in August it intended to maximize deliveries to customers via European inland waterways to above 1 million mt/year, and for this enhanced co-operation with HGK Shipping.

The Zeremis Delivered offering comes on top of Tata Steel Nederland’s Zeremis Carbon Lite solution introduced last year to offer hot-rolled coil with carbon footprint of 1.54 mt of CO2 per metric ton, some 30% lower than the EU average of 2.2 mtCO2e/mt.

Tata Steel Nederland, whose blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace-based IJmuiden steelworks is capable of producing up to 7.5 million mt/year of hot- and cold-rolled coil, has previously announced it aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 35%-40% by 2030, and be completely carbon neutral by 2045.

To this end, the company is testing and implementing CO2-reducing measures such as the use of bio-coal, hot-briquetted iron and hydrogen in its installations, as well as maximizing scrap usage, as it aims to reduce CO2e emissions by 500,000 mt ahead of the commissioning of its first Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) plant that will enable the supply of up to 200,000 mt/year of CO2-neutral steel.

Author: Katya Bouckley