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Responsibility to the environment

voestalpine Stahl Donawitz plays an active role in the responsibility towards the environment and society. The company has been managing the further development of environmental activities and the improvement of the environmental situation at the plant site since 1999 with an environmental management system.

These activities go far beyond the fulfilment of minimum legal requirements. The motto is to actively and preventively meet future requirements.

In addition to the control and monitoring of environmental activities and manufacturing processes, environmental targets are set annually. Improvement projects and environmental targets in the areas of water supply, production residues as well as energy and material consumption have been implemented.

Significant progress has been made in the recent past, for example, through:

  • Construction of additional state-of-the-art air purification systems at the sintering plant, the two blast furnaces and the steelworks
  • Construction of a cooling water supply system from the Mur. Cooling water is fed into circuits and used several times.
  • Reprocessing and internal recycling of production residues.

Our employees are firmly involved in these activities and are trained and supported in their activities with regard to environmental responsibility.

EcoVadis Platinum Rating 2024

As part of this year's EcoVadis assessment, our guidelines, measures and results in the area of sustainability were once again evaluated.

We were able to improve on the last assessment (Gold status 2022), increase our score and were awarded a platinum medal.

This result puts us in the top 1% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis in the last 12 months!



One of the main reasons for the increase in points was the further development of the existing environmental statement in the direction of a sustainability magazine.

Open communication with the help of verified data on our efforts and projects in the environmental area, as well as the addition of the "Focus on employees" section, were particularly well received in the evaluations.

Find out more in our environmental declaration and read more about our ambitious environmental management at the Donawitz site.

Today, the Donawitz steel site is one of the cleanest steel mills in Europe.

Annual evaluation of the environmental management system

The environmental management system is evaluated annually by the management and reviewed by internal departments and an external certification organization. It is certified according to the requirements of EMAS and ISO 14001.

Environmental Statement – Solutions for fomorrow. Environment in the foreground.

A consolidated version of the environmental statement in accordance with the EMAS Regulation will be published every three years to inform the public about the company’s environmental activities. The latest environmental statement is available in the Downloads section.