ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products

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The responsible choice

ArcelorMittal’s European packaging steel sites achieve ResponsibleSteel certification

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Steels for packaging are manufactured at four ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products sites in Europe. Now all four sites – Basse-Indre and Florange in France, and Avilés and Etxebarri in Spain – are certified against the ResponsibleSteel standard. ResponsibleSteel is the first global certification initiative for the steel industry.

To achieve certification, each site must achieve compliance with the standard across a broad range of criteria covering social, environmental, governance, and stakeholder engagement criteria. The site’s performance is assessed by independent auditors who undertake inspections of each site. Their final report is reviewed by an independent Certification Committee which makes the final decision on certification.

eUpdate spoke with 3 representatives from ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products (from left to right on the picture): Richard Lezé, CMO for Packaging; Sarah Snellinkx, Head of Sustainability for Automotive, Packaging and Electrical steels; Vincent Guyot, Head of Marketing for Packaging.

“For ArcelorMittal’s European packaging steel customers, ResponsibleSteel certification guarantees that our steels are the responsible choice,” explains Richard Lézé, CMO for packaging at ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.

“It is part of ArcelorMittal’s long-term commitment to pursue substantive actions that are positive for people and the planet, and which develop our relationships with stakeholders including our employees and partners, and the people who live near our sites.”

That commitment will see ArcelorMittal become a carbon neutral steelmaker by 2050 as the company deploys the latest in clean steelmaking innovations. “ArcelorMittal Europe is on-track to achieve a 35-percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050,” notes Sarah Snellinx, Head of Sustainability for Automotive, Packaging and Electrical steels at ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products.

Steel is recycled in an endless material loop, making it one of the most responsible choices for packaging.

“Our XCarb® label brings together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced, low-, and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities together under one label. This allows us to share the carbon savings we are already achieving through solutions such as XCarb® green steel certificates, and our range of XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steels.”

Discover Flat Products’ XCarb® offer in this new brochure.

Innovating for responsibility

Steels for packaging also have many in-use benefits which set them apart from competing products as Vincent Guyot, Head of Marketing for ArcelorMittal Europe’s packaging business, explains: “Steel offers long-term protection for packaged goods and can be utilised in a range of formats. Whether it is ready-to-eat meals, or simple canned fruits and vegetables, steel is the anti-waste solution at every stage of the production chain.”

Steel offers long-term protection for packaged goods and can be utilised in a range of formats.

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