Arcelor Mittal Poland S.A.
ArcelorMittal’s commitment to making steel more sustainable
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel company and we firmly believe that steel is at the heart of the modern world. It forms the fabric of modern life, from railways, to cars, to washing machines and pipes and tubes that enable anything from energy distribution to water management. It’s a highly adaptable material, and infinitely recyclable, which means that its sustainability extends beyond the life of the original product. That said, we do recognise that steelmaking is resource-intensive. However, the steel industry in Europe has already cut its CO2 emissions by half in the last 40 years and many of our sites have already done all that is currently possible. We continue to support a lower-carbon world through energy savings, and greener products and services.
Reducing CO2 emissions to tackle climate change is an important challenge for ArcelorMittal and the steel industry and a key part of our corporate responsibility strategy. We are committed to cut our CO2 emissions per tonne of steel produced by 8% by 2020. We also systematically identify and implement energy efficiency projects, which reduce emissions both directly, at our plants, and indirectly by reducing the demand for electricity.
Our environmental and energy-related capital expenditure was $321 million in 2012. This level of investment is supported by sharing good practices across all our sites, expert input from our R&D teams, and a commitment to benchmarking our performance against the most energy-efficient companies, both in our sector and in the industry as a whole. We expect to achieve energy savings of $200 million annually by 2020, compared to 2007, which is the equivalent of 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 a year.
Last year we also invested at least $39 million in the development of ‘green products’ and $14 million in ‘green processes’. These bring environmental benefits such as lower CO2 emissions when in use, or reducing hazardous waste. We invested in advanced high-strength steel, electrical steel products and solutions for the automotive market, and organic coatings and surface treatments for the packaging industry. Investments in green processes ranged from energy saving to breakthrough technologies such as air emission controls or ways to reuse by-products from steelmaking.
This global commitment to reducing our environmental footprint is reflected in the measures taken and investments made in our operations in Poland since we took over Polskie Huty Stali in 2004. Since then we have invested nearly PLN 5 billion into our operations which have included projects to reducing our GHG emissions, as well as water, coke and energy consumption. We have also constructed installations which maximize the possibility to recover and re-use resources used in the production of steel.
One of our most significant investments was at our coking plant in Zdzieszowice which has now become the most modern and the most CO2 efficient coking plant in Europe. Construction of the dedusting installation at the plant of the blast furnace no. 2 in Dąbrowa Górnicza, on the other hand, allowed for significant limitation of dust emissions, reaching emission levels in accordance with the Best Available Techniques (BAT). Moreover, ArcelorMittal Poland has also invested in the modernization of a coke gas cleaning installation at our Kraków coke plant, which improved the facility’s environmental footprint through the reduction of energy consumption and the amount of waste emitted from technological process. Construction of a new hot strip mill in Kraków, worth PLN 1.24 billion, has resulted not only in reducing CO2 emissions, but also more effective energy consumption.
Our investments and improvement projects will not stop there and we will continue in our efforts to make steel more sustainable.