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Qatar Steel cuts energy use and emissions, improves safety record

Qatar Steel cuts energy use and emissions, improves safety record

Qatar Steel has cut its energy consumption by 2.4% and its total greenhouse gas emissions by 3.3%, while increasing the overall productivity by 2.5%.

Moreover, the Industries Qatar subsidiary improved its safety performance with a 31% reduction in reportable injury rate for employees and zero fatalities among its employees and contractors. It was another year of low employee attrition rate of 3.6%.

It also introduced several waste management initiatives such as recycling by-products generated during production and through collaboration with some concerned bodies. The feats were highlighted in Qatar Steel’s 2013 Sustainability Report, which re-emphasised its commitment and approach to sustainability.

“We acknowledge that challenges remain, and there will always be room for improvement. But we hope to address them in an open and transparent manner, and together with our stakeholders,” said Qatar Steel managing director and general manager Ali bin Hassan al-Muraikhi.

The sustainability efforts of Qatar Steel, which brought online its fifth electric arc furnace with a production capacity of 1.1mn tonnes per annum and commissioned in December 2013, are well aligned to the national priorities as defined by the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy.

As Qatar Steel continues to grow and serve the ambitious infrastructure expansion plans of Qatar, the company is committed to making sustainability a part of everyone’s work culture, al-Muraikhi said.

“At the sector level, we will continue to be actively engaged in Qatar’s sustainable development industry reporting programme, which aims for advancing Qatar’s energy and industry sector’s performance and leadership on sustainable development,” according to him.