Our Core topics

Environmental management

We are continuously optimizing our production and processing operations. We work with standardized environmental management systems (ISO 14001 and/or EMAS), and our EMAS-validated companies at sites such as Linz, Donawitz and Kindberg publish an environmental statement every year.

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Life honored voestalpine Schienen GmbH’s environment team with the EMAS Prize in 2012.

Climate protection

We make a significant contribution to climate protection each and every day with our steel products. Our activities for an improved climate situation include: the ecological product steel, stringent emissions monitoring, active
research in the area of environmental technologies, and development related to energy recovery and resource conservation.

We were recognized by the Austrian Ministry of Life as a “klima:aktiv mobil project partner” for our switch to electric forklifts at voestalpine Stahl Service Center GmbH.

Environmental protection

We use intensive monitoring to always remain well-informed of the emissions situation. This enables us to continuously improve our production facilities in order to operate them both economically and ecologically. The use of the best available technology for the reduction and prevention of emissions is a top priority here.

By switching to much more environmentfriendly liquefied natural gas at Uddeholms AB, we emit up to 20% less CO2 compared with heavy fuel oil.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is a crucial factor for our production processes. For example, we are virtually energy-self-sufficient at our Linz and Donawitz sites thanks to our modernization efforts and expansion of our own power plants for the generation of electricity from blast furnace gas generated during steel production.

Both economic and ecological benefits: We supply environmentfriendly district heat to the cities of Linz, Leoben and Kapfenberg, among others.

Resource efficiency

By improving our material efficiency and recycling possibilities, we are making a continuous, long-term contribution to a future in which resources are used responsibly. The use of tool steel in the recycling industry enables a series of measures for conserving resources, such as the recycling of oil filters and automobile tires.

The use of waste plastic in the blast furnace process at the Linz site enables us to conserve primary resources and prevent unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.

Life cycle assessment

We systematically analyze the environmental effects of our products over their entire life cycle, taking social, economic and technical aspects into consideration. We use the life cycle assessment as an important tool for the
targeted development and improvement of products and processes. This enables us to optimize material flows and ensure that raw materials are used responsibly.

Our Life Cycle Assessment team is actively involved in working groups and advocacy groups, such as EUROFER and the World Steel Association.