Steel industry commits to Paris targets

The global steel industry has launched a standard for the responsible production of steel.

The ResponsibleSteel Standard, launched on December 2, is an international, multi-stakeholder standard that covers making a processing sites, and was launched in Wollongong, Australia, the home of BlueScope steel operations.

Mark Vassella, CEO of BlueScope, announced at the launch that the Port Kembla Steelworks will be certified to the standard.

The Standard aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from steel production by committing to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, ensure mining practices are sustainable, and ensure employee safety and labour rights. To do so, the Standard sets fundamental elements and levels of implementation that can be characterised as responsible.

The Standard covers 12 principles, Corporate Leadership, Social Environmental and Governance Management Systems, Occupational Health and Safety, Labour Rights, Human Rights, Stakeholder Engagement and Communication, Local Communities, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Noise, Emissions, Effluence and Waste, Water Stewardship, Biodiveristy, and Decommissioning and Closure.

The launch of the standard was not only attended by steel producers, but customers such as developer Lendlease. Cate Harris, group head of sustainability and Lendlease Foundation, highlighted why the company was involved.

“Membership of ResponsibleSteel gives us the opportunity to work alongside our supply chain to address pressing global challenges that matter to us, such as climate change and human rights. As a large customer in the steel sector, we see supporting the development of the ResponsibleSteel Standard as both our responsibility and a powerful way for us to be part of the evolution of the steel industry.