Nitrogen around our site far below limit value
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How does the decrease in nitrogen affect air quality?
The graphs show the concentrations of NO and NO2 nitrogen oxides in the environment. This, too, shows a continuously decreasing trend.The legal European NO2 standard for air quality is 40 μg NO2 /m3 (annual average concentration). The WHO guideline value (The SLA initially focuses on achieving the WHO guideline values (2005) for nitrogen oxide in 2030) for NO2 is 10 μg/m3. The concentration of NO2 at the measuring points around the Tata Steel site remains well below the statutory limit value and continues to decrease. This means the air in IJmond also meets European NO2 standards.
With our Roadmap Plus, we have achieved a relatively limited reduction in nitrogen emissions in 2022. This is because we want to commission the largest project – the delivery of the DeNOx installation at the Pelletising plant – in 2025. We expect this will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by some 30%. A decrease in nitrogen oxide emissions will have a positive effect on nitrogen deposition in the nearby Natura 2000 areas, and thus also on biodiversity, and to a lesser extent on air quality (NO2).
Sources and explanation of data
Source of figures for Rotterdam Lucht in cijfers 2021, luchtkwaliteit in Rijnmond, DCMR Milieudienst Rijnmond / Source of figures for Amsterdam & Groningen: www.luchtmeetnet.nl/
RIVM and Amsterdam Municipal Health Service use De Rijp to determine background values. Background values indicate the amount of substances measured at points with little industry or traffic.
The data for Duisburg-Walsum and Ghent have been added for comparison with measuring points in residential areas near a steelmaking plant: Duisburg-Walsum is located approx. 1.5 km from ThyssenKrupp, and Ghent approx. 1 km from ArcelorMittal. These are large, integrated production locations for strip steel in Europe which, together with Tata Steel, constitute the top 3 of steel producers in Europe. Data Duisburg-Walsum from Umweltbundesambt, DENW034 measurement station; data Ghent from Vlaamse Milieu Maatschappij, R740 measurement station.
For reference, urban data for Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Groningen have been added; these are measured annual average concentrations.