The seven business units of ArcelorMittal in Canada have together published their 2016 Sustainable Development Report. This year, the report is presented through an online microsite (http://canada.arcelormittal.com) allowing our stakeholders to get to know better our Canadian activities as well as our sustainability performance and challenges.
Apart from ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, our Canadian operations include Flat Carbon Steel (ArcelorMittal Dofasco), ArcelorMittal Mining Canada, ArcelorMittal Infrastructure Canada, Baffinland Iron Mines (Joint Venture), ArcelorMittal Tubular Products and ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks. Together, with more than 10,000 direct employees, ArcelorMittal in Canada also creates nearly 45,000 additional indirect jobs. Our Canadian operations distributed $1.38B in direct economic value in 2016 (employee wages and benefits) and made investments of $2.1 million in our communities. We produced 75 million metric tonnes of iron ore pellets and 6 million metric tonnes of steel used in the automotive, construction, packaging and energy markets, along with almost 200,000 metric tonnes of tubular steel products for the automotive and energy markets and more than 35,000 metric tonnes of tailored blanks used in the automotive market.
In 2016, we saw continued progress in our energy consumption and efficiency. Primary energy consumption from cokemaking, iron ore making and steel making continues to decrease, from 126 Peta joules in 2014 to 106 Peta joules in 2015 and to 85 Peta joules in 2016. At the same time, we reduced energy consumption 548,952 Giga joules through conservation and efficiency initiatives while energy intensity per tonne of steel and mining concentrate decreased from 2015 to 2016 by 13 per cent.
Our microsite includes a vast array of additional information about our sustainability progress for our Canadian business units, structured around ArcelorMittal’s 10 worldwide sustainability outcomes:
- Safe, healthy, quality working lives for our people.
- Products that accelerate more sustainable lifestyles.
- Products that create sustainable infrastructure.
- Efficient use of resources and high recycling rates.
- Trusted user of air, land and water.
- Responsible energy user that helps create a lower carbon future.
- Supply chains that our customers trust.
- Active and welcomed member of the community.
- Pipeline of talented scientists and engineers for tomorrow.
- Our contribution to society measured, shared and valued.
Steel is part of the fabric of modern life, and we couldn’t live the way we do without it. Buildings, roads, bridges, railways, cars and many domestic appliances simply wouldn’t exist without steel as a component. Steel is one of the world’s most sustainable materials because it’s strong, flexible and can be endlessly recycled. Innovative steel products are helping to reduce carbon emissions in vehicles and buildings, construct smarter cities and generate renewable energy. But steel faces challenges too: we have to find ways to make the mining and steelmaking processes more sustainable, energy efficient and less carbon intensive.
As the world’s largest steel and mining company, we have an opportunity — and responsibility — to lead the way in ensuring steel fulfils its potential as an essential material of the future. We have the power to make a positive difference to our stakeholders and shareholders, as well as society.
Our microsite can be accessed at http://canada.arcelormittal.com.
Note that each of our business segments keeps their separate website – for example, http://long-canada.arcelormittal.com for us.