Steel strip coils from sustainable steel production at underslung crane at Waelzholz
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Waelzholz and Tata Steel want greener steel

Waelzholz and Tata Steel Nederland share a common goal: both companies want their production operations to be completely carbon neutral by 2045. And they have now taken an important step towards achieving this ambitious objective: in March, representatives from both companies signed an agreement for the supply of the Zeremis Carbon Lite brand of low-emission hot-rolled steel strip.

In order to achieve its climate targets, the Waelzholz Group relies on suppliers such as Tata Steel Nederland: “90 percent of the product carbon footprint (PCF) is attributable to Scope 3, i.e., the upstream supply chain,” explained Dr. Matthias Gierse, CSO/CPO at Waelzholz. “That’s why the procurement of low-emission hot-rolled steel strip and partnerships like this are extremely important to us.”

The demand for steel won’t decrease in the future, in fact the opposite is true – steel plays a key role in the energy transition. “That’s why it’s important to produce steel responsibly and sustainably, taking all stages of the value chain into account. We can only accomplish this together,“ noted Heather Wijdekop, Commercial Director at Tata Steel Nederland. “Which is why we’re delighted to be working with Waelzholz on the path to sustainable steel production.”

Cooperation for carbon reduced steel strip between Tata Steel and Waelzholz
Contract signing at Waelzholz in Hagen, Germany: Johannes Muddemann – Account Manager Tata Steel, Adam Cietak – Commercial Manager Engineering Tata Steel, Heather Wijdekop – Commercial Director Tata Steel Ijmuiden, Thorsten Hilker – Purchasing Waelzholz, Marcus Englberger – Director Purchasing Waelzholz, Dr. Matthias Gierse – CSO/CPO Waelzholz, Mirenka Fortuin – Director Sales Engineering Tata Steel, Markus Schmidt – Purchasing Manager Raw Material and Energy Waelzholz (From left to right)

30 percent fewer carbon emissions

For Waelzholz, the MoU the companies have now signed is the next logical step towards achieving its sustainability goals. “Initially, we will receive material with a PCF that is up to 30 percent lower,” Waelzholz Head of Purchasing Marcus Englberger elaborated further. “The first deliveries of the low-emission hot-rolled steel strip are already planned for the current year.”

Another milestone

Tata is now the fourth supplier with whom Waelzholz has entered into an agreement for the supply of low-emission steel. Waelzholz has been able to offer products with a reduced PCF compared to the reference year 2018 since the end of 2023. In this context, customers can freely scale the level of emissions reduction in absolute or percentage terms. “The memorandum of understanding that we have now signed represents another important milestone in significantly advancing decarbonization along the steel value chain,” said Waelzholz CSO/CPO Dr. Matthias Gierse.

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