National Workshop on “Creating Sustainability in Steel Sector” organized by Ministry of Steel

Recently, a National Workshop on “Establishing Sustainability in Steel Sector” has been organized by the Ministry of Steel in New Delhi.

Recently, a National Workshop on “Establishing Sustainability in Steel Sector” has been organized by the Ministry of Steel in New Delhi.

Highlights of the National Workshop on Establishing Sustainability in the Steel Sector

  • The objective of the workshop is to advance sustainable practices in the steel industry by engaging with stakeholders on critical issues of the steel sector by focusing on sustainable practices, emerging technologies and tools to mitigate the challenges.
  • To help companies measure and prioritize carbon emission reduction technologies, the workshop unveiled the marginal abatement cost of carbon equipment.
  • In the remaining sessions of the workshop, issues such as leveraging Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (MACC) and emphasis on disruptive technologies in the steel sector, energy efficiency, carbon markets and AI-based monitoring of emissions were discussed.

Challenge of carbon emissions

  • India’s emissions per tonne of crude steel are 25 per cent higher than the global average and are limited by the shortage of natural gas, the quality of iron ore available that needs to be made profitable for use in Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) processes and the limited availability of scrap. Due to factors like, domestic scrap production is only 20-25 million tons.
  • Policies like Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for the auto sector, proposed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, aim to increase vehicle scrap availability, although the industrial and construction sector will continue to consume more steel.
  • 90% of emissions in steel making come from Scope 1 (within the factory gate), with the remaining emissions from Scope 2 (power generation) and Scope 3 (upstream processes).

14 task forces of steel ministry

  • 14 task forces have been constituted by the Ministry of Steel to deal with various aspects of sustainability in the steel industry, such as increasing energy efficiency by adopting best available technology, using renewable energy sources and formulating inputs to reduce emissions. .

Water consumption in steel manufacturing

  • Water consumption in steelmaking was identified as an important area of improvement.
  • The level of water consumption in India is high compared to other countries, efforts are on to reduce it.

About the marginal abatement cost of carbon

  • The Marginal Abatement Cost Curve Toolkit will assist companies in measuring carbon emissions and prioritizing abatement technologies.
  • Through the Marginal Abatement Cost Curve Toolkit, one can prioritize a variety of emission reduction technologies, processes, and options.

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