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Tata Steel's Netherlands problem: The largest corporate polluter

Updated : April 26, 2019 04:52 PM IST

Tata Steel faces the unflattering tag of being the biggest polluter in the Netherlands. The company’s Dutch chief Theo Henrar had pledged last year that he would spend hundreds of millions of euros to cut factory emissions - on condition the government invested a similar amount. The development comes at a time when a growing number of politicians and voters support the imposition of carbon tax on polluting companies. Here is a collection of images that capture the company’s PR troubles in the Netherlands.

Tata Steel, the largest corporate polluter in the Netherlands, proposed that it would build a 500-million-euro energy-efficient alternative to its blast furnace at its plant near Amsterdam using newly developed technology. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
Tata Steel, the largest corporate polluter in the Netherlands, proposed that it would build a 500-million-euro energy-efficient alternative to its blast furnace at its plant near Amsterdam using newly developed technology. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
Theo Henrar pledged he would spend hundreds of millions of euros to cut factory emissions - on condition the government invested a similar amount. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
Theo Henrar pledged he would spend hundreds of millions of euros to cut factory emissions - on condition the government invested a similar amount. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
The proposal comes against the backdrop of global wrangling between governments and corporations over who should foot the bill to ensure countries meet tough climate targets. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
The proposal comes against the backdrop of global wrangling between governments and corporations over who should foot the bill to ensure countries meet tough climate targets. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
Henrar said the government would also need to invest hundreds of millions in infrastructure, to create a carbon capture site under the North Sea that could trap and store CO2 emitted by the plant. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
Henrar said the government would also need to invest hundreds of millions in infrastructure, to create a carbon capture site under the North Sea that could trap and store CO2 emitted by the plant. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
The government will in June outline its strategy for switching the Netherlands - among the most polluting in the European Union - to more sustainable sources of energy. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
The government will in June outline its strategy for switching the Netherlands - among the most polluting in the European Union - to more sustainable sources of energy. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
Countries around the world are moving towards carbon taxes as pressure intensifies on them to sharply cut CO2 emissions to comply with the 2015 Paris climate accord. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
Countries around the world are moving towards carbon taxes as pressure intensifies on them to sharply cut CO2 emissions to comply with the 2015 Paris climate accord. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
The country has pledged to halve CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2030, but by 2017 had only achieved a 13 percent cut. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
The country has pledged to halve CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2030, but by 2017 had only achieved a 13 percent cut. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files)
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