What does this mean in concrete terms?
From 2030, we will emit five million tonnes less CO2 every year. To do so, we will switch from coal to natural gas and later to hydrogen (as soon as it is sufficiently available). This will reduce our CO2 emissions by 40% and make a serious contribution to achieving the Dutch climate goals. With this reduction, we offset the CO2 footprint of 385,000 Dutch people a year.
Particulate matter emissions and drift will be drastically reduced. In addition to existing measures, we want to cover a large part of our raw materials. This concerns raw materials that are still needed to make green steel. In addition, we are working hard already to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. This includes the largest DeNOx plant in the country, which will be linked to the Pellet Plant. As a result, NOx emissions at that plant will be reduced by around 80%.
We will increase our use of scrap from 17% to around 30% from 2030 onwards. That corresponds to 65 billion cans, which contain 13 grams of steel per can. And that amounts to another 25 years or so of cans that we will recycle and bring on the market as new. As we will recycle more, we need fewer primary raw materials as well. Using less also means less pre-processing. And that ensures that we can produce cleaner too.