Tata Steel is trying to bring down its carbon dioxide emissions to 1.8 tonnes per tonne of steel produced by 2012 from the current two tonnes of carbon dioxide per tonne of steel, the company's managing director H M Nerurkar said today.
"Our target is to bring it down to 1.8 tonnes by 2012 and to 1.5 tonnes by 2020," Nerurkar told newspersons on the sidelines of a CII conference in Kolkata.
He said Tata Steel's carbon dioxide emissions were already below global industry average of about 2.2 tonnes per tonne of steel.
He added that while it was relatively easy to bring down carbon emissions to 1.7 tonnes per tonne of steel, it would be difficult to lower them below this with the technology currently available.
On the prospects for Tata Steel's European unit Corus, Nerurkar said there was a slight recovery in Europe and it was expecting more orders in the infrastructure sector. Last week Corus got a 350 million euro ($510 million) contract to supply rail tracks to French operator SNFC.
On Saturday, it was reported that UK business secretary Peter Mandelson would meet the Tatas in the backdrop of an intense debate over the announcement of closure of a Corus plant in Britain.