New Horizons Of Sustainability

With a view to achieving sustainability leadership in the composites industry, Tata Steel’s New Materials Business (NMB) is currently developing a long-term Sustainability Strategy through its expertise and experience in the composites value chain. The strategy will be deployed in tandem with NMB’s manufacturing & technology partners and a range of other stakeholders.

Through the Sustainability Strategy, NMB aims to create a positive impact in the area of climate change, reducing greenhouse gases, increasing energy efficiency, contributing to the circular economy and addressing the issue of resource scarcity.

Composite materials have certain inherent properties which make them a perfect choice for applications that can help to shape a sustainable future.

Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) products, being lightweight, help user industries become fuel efficient and thus are the key focus areas of the light-weighting program of many such industries. Corrosion resistance and long maintenance-free service life also reduce material consumption and maintenance cost. Some composites consume up to 75% less energy and emit up to 65% less CO2 during manufacture, compared to their metallic counterparts. There has been significant development in end-of-life use and recycling of composites materials.

All the facilities work within strict environmental parameters, with audited confirmation of their FRP production processes and constant evaluation of ways to decrease carbon emissions.

As a part of the Sustainability Strategy, NMB is developing specific projects and action plans in many areas of the composites value chain and has initiated joint operations with a few start-ups.