We are developing a new sustainable development framework around the outcomes that will help us secure the commercial success of our business in the medium term, while contributing to solving the world’s sustainable development challenges in the long term.
In August 2014, we set up a unique programme making use of state-of-the art medicine to help our Czech employees give up smoking at our Ostrava steel plant. Those signing up to the six-week programme pay one third of the total costs, but are reimbursed once they have successfully completed the programme.
We launched 13 products for the automotive industry in 2014, many of them developed in partnership with our major customers. We extended our iCARe® range of electrical steels that improve the driving range of electric vehicles. Usibor® was specifically developed to help manufacturers meet their weight reduction targets and so comply with emissions regulations.
We worked on new coatings for electrical steels for hydropower generators which will avoid the need for formaldehyde and so protect the health and safety of maintenance workers.
Maximising value from residues: our plant at Fos-sur-Mer, France, injected 945 tonnes into the blast furnace rather than sending it to landfill in 2014, which generated savings of over $115,000.
As part of a $150 million programme to modernise our power plant in Ostrava and cut emissions, we are installing a new $74 million energy-efficient boiler. By the time the new boiler is fully operational in 2016, it will reduce the site’s overall NOx emissions by 23% and the dust emissions by 1%.
ArcelorMittaland LanzaTech, the carbon recycling company, and Primetals Technologies, a leading technology and service provider to the iron and steel industry will construct Europe’s first-ever commercial scale production facility to create bioethanol from waste gases produced during the steelmaking process. The resulting bioethanol can cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 80 per cent compared with conventional fossil fuels.
Our company, along with our customers and many NGOs, have expressed our concerns regarding the sustainability practices of tin mining in some areas of Indonesia. In 2015, we joined the multi-stakeholder sustainable tin initiative, hosted by the Dutch sustainable trade initiative, IDH, to understand how we can work with the Indonesian tin mining industry to support the development of more responsible mining practises.
Following the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, our operations in Zenica and Prijedor offered emergency payments to cover food, water, and sanitation equipment and our employees got involved in fundraising and supporting their own communities. We have committed $500,000 to the relief effort to reconstruct roads, and to dredge the Berek river to help prevent future floods. By the end of 2014, 63% of this had been paid.
In Galati, Romania, we’ve developed a project to help students explore the possibilities of working in the steel industry. There are four elements including a summer school internship. In 2014, 36 interns were selected from 170 applicants, up from 20 interns and 70 applicants in 2012. Of the 2014 interns, eight students from the summer school became ArcelorMittal employees.
Our most significant positive contribution to national and local economies is through the business we do with our suppliers, the wages and salaries we pay, the taxes we contribute, and the long-term capital investments we make. In 2014, this added up to $78.8 billion.