Emirates Steel strives to minimize the environmental impact of its industrial activities in different stages of its operations process. The Company is committed to adopting the latest innovations in energy efficiency and sustainable practices.

To achieve its environmental commitments, Emirates Steel addresses issues on sustainability at the early stages of any expansion project. During the design process, the Company develops a life cycle economic model that examines environmental and cost implications of process choice and the new technology to be adopted.

Green Initiatives by Emirates Steel

Energy Conservation

Emirates Steel’s energy conservation initiative starts by selecting the low impurities raw materials and Ferro-alloys. The Company is committed to procure iron ore pellets with high iron and low impurities content (each 1 per cent increase in Fe saves 6-8 per cent of energy consumption).

The initiative also covers the steel production process by charging hot DRI at (600oC) to the Electric Arc Furnace, which reduces energy consumption by at least 20 per cent. Emirates Steel reduces carbon emissions through the promotion of energy efficiency practices and the recovery of waste heat measures wherever possible.

Pollution Prevention

Fume treatment plants are present at Emirates Steel facilities to remove all dust and particles from emissions to promote a clean, healthy and safe working environment. The Company analyzes its air emissions and waste water generated from the plants and measures noise levels to comply with environmental federal law and international standards.

The DRP plants produce wet CO2 as a by-product during the iron reduction process. Emirates Steel is looking at options for utilizing the CO2 gas generated. One option under consideration is providing the CO2 to oil producing companies for injecting it into the oil fields to enhance oil recovery.

By-products and Waste Reduction

Emirates Steel has long term contracts with a group of certified service providers with whom the waste management activities are carried out inside and outside Emirates Steel round the clock.

Waste Management covers mainly the collection, transport, segregation, processing or disposal, managing and monitoring of waste and by-product materials. All waste materials, whether solid or liquid, hazardous or non-hazardous, fall within the scope of waste management according to agreed standards.

Additionally, Emirates Steel is considering proposals from suppliers that identify opportunities for 100% utilization and re-use of steel manufacturing by products. Although it is still early in the evaluation process, Emirates Steel is working pro-actively with potential suppliers to progress options that will eliminate by products and waste.

Slag Management

Whenever iron and steel are being produced, slag will be generated as a by-product. Slag is the solid material that results from the interaction of flux and impurities in the smelting and refining of metals. Generated slag in the Emirates Steel process is an environmentally safe and valuable by-product. Approximately 0.145 ton of slag is generated for every ton of steel produced.

Emirates Steel processes its slag into different sizes, after separating the metallic pieces for recharging them back into the Electric Arc Furnace. The processed slag is used as aggregate for roads (coarse size as sub-base and fine size as top layer), railway ballast, waterway construction, reefs (big lumps of slag used for fixing of coral larvae to improve the marine life), while the rest of the processed slag is used for land filling.

“To achieve its environmental commitments, Emirates Steel addresses issues on sustainability at the early stages of any expansion project”