Comment: Government set to unveil Tata Steel support package

Dr Simon Cran-McGreehin is avaialble for further comment and interview.

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on reports that the Government is set to unveil a support package for Tata Steel’s steelworks at Port Talbot [1], Dr Simon Cran-McGreehin, Head of Analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“The Government may be trying to do the right thing here, but if this deal leads to 3,000 job loses it can’t be right. Having a long-term vision that leads to hydrogen-based steel manufacture at Port Talbot, as well as the arc furnaces that recycle used steel, could protect many more jobs.

“The UK steel industry can’t stand still with demand for cleaner steel growing and Europe already stealing a march with new technologies. Stasis is a recipe for decline, but the deals done have to be right and have to be future proof.”

Notes to editors:

  1. UK government poised to back Tata Steel with £500mn subsidy:

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