Liberty Speciality Steels is committed to meeting the requirements of relevant legislation in the countries and regions in which it operates, to the efficient use of natural resources and energy, and to reducing continuously the environmental impact of its operations and products through the adoption of sustainable practices to protect the environment. These commitments are integral to the Liberty Steel GREENSTEEL Vision.
In implementing the Policy the following key principles will be demonstrated:
Effective environmental and energy management system will be implemented and maintained, and these will ensure awareness and encourage every employee to act in an environmentally responsible manner.
The environmental impact of processes and products will be assessed and continuous improvement will be a key business objective
Speciality Steels will be part of the solution to climate change and will achieve a leading position within the steel industry by minimising its greenhouse gas emissions and developing products that help to reduce emissions from the rest of society.
Efficient use will be made of energy, raw materials and water through adoption and sharing of good practice.
The reuse and recycling of Speciality Steels products will be promoted and the environmental effects of products throughout their life-cycle will be communicated to customers. Our Steel has over 95% recycled content. LCA for our products will be developed to demonstrate the sustainability benefits of the EAF steelmaking process.
Environmental and energy performance will be monitored and audited and progress in meeting high level Policy objectives and improvement targets will be recorded and reported.
Key suppliers and contractors will be encouraged to behave in an environmentally responsible manner and to abide by principles similar to those set out within this Policy.
Communities in the locality of its sites will be actively engaged by Speciality Steels so that it can understand and seek to address their concerns in relation to environmental issues.
Wildlife habitats in and around Speciality Steels sites will be respected and, where opportunities arise to do so in a way that is conducive to business operations, they will be progressively enhanced for the benefit of nature.
Liberty Speciality Steels uses Electric Arc Furnaces to melt scrap and produce new steel products, Steel recycling is one of the few recycling operations which actually upgrades the material so that a tin can one day could be part of an aircraft tomorrow.
In 2016 The Steel produced at Rotherham had a 95.3% recycled scrap content, this uses significantly less energy than alternative routes, releases significantly less carbon dioxide and does not require the mining of iron ore.
The Steelmaking process uses significant tonnages of raw materials in the process and the steelmaking equipment. Liberty Speciality Steels applies continuous improvement techniques and Environmental management systems (ISO14001) to ensure high levels of material resource efficiency are achieved. The waste hierarchy is rigorously applied and we recycle a significant percentage of our wastes. We ensure that we minimise material use through Environmental Objectives
Oil use – minimisation of oil use by use of planned maintenance and incident root cause analysis. Water use – use of re -circulatory systems to ensure minimum abstraction of water from the river.
Steel making SLAG – This is used as part of the steelmaking process, 100% of primary steelmaking slag is recycled for use as road stone. Primary Fume Extraction Systems Dust – This dust from the filter plants contains high levels of Zinc, the dust is processed to recycle the zinc. Mill Scale and Refractory Fines – This is blended and used in brick making. Recyclable materials – Concrete, Plastic, Wood, paper, metal are all collected and recycled.