The Environment

      SDG 3 – Good health and well-being SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production SDG 13 – Climate action SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals

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      Environmentally-conscious action is firmly integrated into the voestalpine Group’s corporate philosophy. Hence the company endeavors not only to use resources such as raw materials and energy economically along the entire production chain but also to minimize the environmental impact of processes and products.

      To achieve these goals, voestalpine utilizes the best available technologies in its production plants and continually works to boost efficiency, lower emissions, and reduce the consumption of energy subject to the parameters of the existent steel production system. Our intensive work to research new, more environmentally friendly production processes and, not least, to refine materials and products alike makes material contributions to the company’s environmental footprint as well.

      All of these activities are supported by transparent and efficient environmental management systems (EMSs) that have already been implemented more or less across the entire voestalpine Group.

      voestalpine is committed to the following principles at all of its production facilities:

      • To take comprehensive responsibility for its products;
      • To optimize the production processes;
      • To establish environmental management systems;
      • To integrate employees into these processes and ensure environmentally-conscious conduct on the part of every single one of them; and
      • To engage in open and professional dialogues.

      Environmental protection is a core component of voestalpine’s Sustainability Strategy. The following principles are enshrined in it.

      Emissions in the Air, Soil, and Water: Minimize using the best available technologies

      Process-related emissions cannot be entirely avoided due to the chemical and physical properties of existent production processes. We operate our production facilities based on the principle that the best available technologies must be applied as appropriate and in economically viable fashion. We also develop new approaches that aim to minimize environmentally relevant effects on the air, soil, and water as best as possible.

      Circular Economy and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)

      We support holistic, comprehensive, and integrated analyses and assessments of materials (LCAs) as well as of all process and value chains within the parameters of the circular economy, also known as “circularity.”

      Energy and Climate Policy: Commitment to low carbon production

      We are meeting the challenge of decarbonizing the economic system in the long term especially through comprehensive research and development of new technologies, frequently via cross-sector cooperation agreements and projects. We also engage in an open and constructive dialogue with stakeholders such as political decision makers, advocacy and interest groups, civil society as well as the scientific community and environmental organizations.