Environmental Policy | Steel Recycling | Harris (Steels) Ltd
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Environmental policy

Recycled Steel

We are committed to maintaining and improving our existing environmental practices. This ranges from the hundreds of tonnes of recyclable scrap steel we produce through processing every year, right down to office consumables.

Our Emphasis in reducing our carbon footprint is concentrated on sourcing Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) steel, manufactured in the UK wherever possible and transported over the shortest possible distance from source to customer.

The predominant steel manufacturing methods used globally are EAF and Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) processes. Both by their nature produce greenhouse gases, however EAF produces less than BOF. The EAF process has a very high efficiency of around 95%, with 98% of the finished product derived from recycled scrap steel. By-products like mill scale, dust and lime slag are used in cements and construction aggregates.

In 2015 BOF production accounted for nearly 75% (1.2 billion tonnes) of global crude steel production. UK production contributed just 10.9 million tonnes of crude steel (0.68% of the global total), 1.8 million tonnes of which was produced using EAF. In 2016 nearly 60% of the steel we supplied to customers was made with recycled EAF steel.

Our objectives

  • Improve our environmental performance through our continual improvement and management policies.
  • Seek to increase our procurement of recycled EAF steel.
  • Work to reduce the usage of, and eliminate where possible, materials and substances which may be harmful to our environment.
  • Reduce CO² and NOx emissions through the upgrading, renewal and maintenance of our transport fleet and plant equipment.
  • Care for the welfare of our employees and promote an environmentally responsible attitude.
  • Source recycled products wherever possible to assist in minimising the use and extraction of raw materials.
  • Recycle waste materials throughout the supply chain.
  • Comply with all environmental legislation relating to our business.