Ministry of Steel

Promotion of Green Steel

Posted On: 08 FEB 2023 3:34PM by PIB Delhi

The emissions from iron and steel sector as reported by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in India’s first, second and third Biennial Update Reports (BURs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the years 2010, 2014 and 2016 were 95.998 million tonnes CO2, 154.678 million tonnes CO2 and 135.420 million tonnes CO2, respectively.

The Ministry of Steel is committed to Net-Zero target by 2070. Towards this, in short term (FY 2030), reduction of carbon emissions in steel industry through promotion of energy and resource efficiency as well as renewable energy is being focused. For the medium term (2030-2047), utilisation of Green Hydrogen and Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage are the focus areas. For long term (2047-2070), disruptive alternative technological innovations can help achieve the transition to net-zero. For this purpose, Ministry of Steel is continuously engaging with various stakeholders.

Steps taken for promoting decarbonization in steel industry include:-

i. Steel Scrap Recycling Policy, 2019 enhances the availability of domestically generated scrap to reduce the consumption of coal in steel making.

ii. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced National Green Hydrogen Mission for green hydrogen production and usage. The steel sector has also been made a stakeholder in the Mission.

iii. Motor Vehicles (Registration and Functions of Vehicles Scrapping Facility) Rules September 2021, shall increase availability of scrap in the steel sector.

iv. National Solar Mission launched by MNRE in January 2010 promotes the use of solar energy and also helps reduce the emission of steel industry.

v. Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme, under National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency, incentivizes steel industry to reduce energy consumption.

vi. The steel sector has adopted the Best Available Technologies (BAT) available globally, in the modernization & expansions projects.

vii. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Model Projects for Energy Efficiency Improvement have been implemented in steel plants.

 

The Ministry is focusing on raising awareness on the emerging market for green steel among the manufactures.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Steel and Rural Development, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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