Amaiden’s Tata Steel needs to move ahead with long-term plans to reduce pollution and increase energy efficiency, trade union FNV Metaal said Friday.
About half of the factory’s workforce is FNV members, and the proposal also includes support from the company’s labor-management council, the union said. “Our plan shows that we can be environmentally friendly while maintaining employment levels,” said union leader Roel Berghuis. “But our plan is conditional on the government changing the rules to reduce carbon emissions.”
Tata plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2030 by collecting and storing gas in empty gas chambers beneath the North Sea. The following year, the plant plans to switch from coal to green and hydrogen-powered energy.
However, the union states that carbon capture is not a sustainable solution and that the switch to more environmentally friendly energy sources should take place more quickly. In particular, Berghuis says Tata should stop using coal within five years.
The union states that it can fund some of the projects by using government subsidies secured for carbon capture programs. “Our plan shows that there is an alternative to carbon capture,” Berghuis said. “More than that, carbon capture takes extra time and money.”
In the reaction, Tata Steel said carbon capture would allow the company to reach its 2030 target. “But we are constantly looking at various options, such as hydrogen, which FNV is also considering,” the company said.
Earlier this week, the Dutch government agreed to allocate € 2 billion to a project to capture and store carbon dioxide in an empty gas chamber beneath the North Sea.
The union plan is for sale by the parent company in India, so it’s a delicate time for the company. Sweden’s SSAB has withdrawn from recent negotiations to purchase a plant due to the cost of investing to meet SSAB’s own environmental standards.
The factory is the largest employer in the region and employs approximately 10,000 people. An additional 30,000 people indirectly depend on the company for work.
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Tata Steel should stop carbon capture and be environmentally friendly, the union says
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