On 20 June 2013, ArcelorMittal Gent, Belgium was presented with the East Flanders Environmental Charter for the 10th consecutive year.
The Environmental Charter is an initiative by the East Flanders Chamber of Commerce. By awarding this Charter it intends to encourage companies in East Flanders to pursue an active environmental policy, with an eye towards continuously improving their environmental performances as well as the living conditions in the surrounding areas.
Only those companies that go beyond the statutory obligations for improving their environmental performances are eligible for this recognition.
In 2012, the company submitted an environmental action plan detailing the ways in which it would improve environmental performance. Following this, on 25 April, an assessment team visited to verify whether the announced actions had been implemented. After exploring a number of measures it was decided to visit the renewed casthouse dedusting system of blast furnace A and an installation that injects oil-rich mill scale from the hot strip mill into the blast furnace.
After this inspection the assessment team published a report which was reviewed by the Environmental Charter evaluation committee who decided to award the environmental charter with the official presentation taking place on 20 June.
The award is highly valuable as it publicly recognises the efforts of both our colleagues in Ghent and overall commitment towards sustainable development.