01 Environmental Protection Program

Environmental Protection | 01 Environmental Protection ProgramOne of the principles for the management of the company with regard to a sustainable development is the equality of environmental protection with the other corporate objectives. Environmentally related aspects are integrated in all decision-making and organizational structures. Sensitivity for our environment has considerably increased in the course of the last few years. Since 1976 BSW has continuously and successfully developed its environmental protection program. As the first steel plant, we have implemented in 1997 an environmental management system according to EMAS, the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, since 2000 we are certified according to DIN EN ISO 1400 1 and we have turned the steel production process into a closed recycling system. We are proud of being "dedusting world champion": our filter system makes sure that emissions are kept far below the legal limit values.

Regarding dioxin reduction in the electric steel production BSW plays a leading role and is the only steel plant with a continuous mercury measurement. Since the beginning of emission trading, BSW has reduced its specific CO2 emissions considerably. No additional CO2 certificate had to be purchased from 2005 to 2007 despite the increase of production. A TÜV certificate therefore characterizes BSW as a benchmark for comparable industries.


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