ArcelorMittal has obtained ResponsibleSteel certification for its sites in Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches du Rhône) and Saint Chély d’Apcher (Lozère).
This result indicates that production has met strict standards on a wide range of #ESG indicators. ArcelorMittal Méditerranée engaged the international firm AFNOR Group, which specializes in assessment and certification services, to undertake the audit.
The Fos-sur-Mer site has committed to developing a steel circularity project that will increase the amount of recycled steel fivefold by 2025 and a plan to replace a blast furnace with an electric arc furnace by 2027. In Saint-Chély d’Apcher, the site is already part of a #circulareconomy initiative: the heat generated by production is injected into the town’s heating network and covers the energy needs corresponding to the consumption of around 1,150 homes. An electrolyser project developed by GENVIA is also underway to produce carbon-free hydrogen.
Bruno Ribo, CEO of ArcelorMittal Méditerranée, said: “This certification recognizes the work of our teams for biodiversity, safety at work, but also the environment, decarbonization, equal opportunities…It is not only a recognition, it is also a long-term commitment to pursue substantive actions that are positive for people as well as for the planet and to develop our relationships with all stakeholders, our employees and partners, as well as the people living near our plants.”
Ali Lucas, Acting CEO of ResponsibleSteel, added: “ArcelorMittal Méditerranée’s certification is to be congratulated. Achieving certification is a major step – it requires compliance with a wide range of criteria across the ESG spectrum. It represents a site’s commitment to working towards a more sustainable and responsible future for workers, stakeholders and the environment. Following the certification of several sites in Europe in 2021 and in Brazil earlier this year, this demonstrates ArcelorMittal’s continued dedication and ability to drive change within the steel industry.”
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