Environmental responsibility

Environmental improvement initiatives at BlueScope

Air

Reduction in hydrogen sulfide from quenching process at Cokemaking

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Cokemaking improvements have reduced emissions generated when coke is cooled during the quenching process.

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Water

Reduction in water use at Slabmaking

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Slabmaking is one of the largest water consumers within the Port Kembla Steelworks.

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Water

Reduction in water use and discharges to drain at Cokemaking

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By redistributing internal water streams Gas Processing has replaced several significant industrial water uses, saving approximately 520kL/day of industrial water.

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Waste

Reclamation of waste at Ironmaking

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During the No.5 Blast Furnace cast house floor trough repairs, a significant amount of waste products are generated including refractory material, iron skulls and sand.

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Waste

Interstate return dunnage processing for Tru-Spec®

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During 2016, a project was initiated to identify opportunities for re-using as many timbers as possible for the transportation of Tru-Spec®interstate.

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Waste

Recycling organic waste at Port Kembla Steelworks laboratories

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This project consisted of identifying opportunities to recycle organic waste generated at the laboratory instead of sending the waste off site for treatment and disposal.

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Energy

Energy saving project at slabmaking

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This project involved optimising the operation of the 21 Area Dedusting Fan to reduce running costs and electricity demand.

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Waste

Clean Up Australia Day activities at Port Kembla Steelworks and Western Sydney Service Centre

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Clean Up Australia Day provides an opportunity for businesses and members of the community to actively engage in the collection of rubbish from within the local area.

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Water

Reduction in water consumption at Cokemaking

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The Cokemaking Department has a complicated water balance. Water is used primarily for quenching coke and for cooling gas at the Gas Processing Plant. The quality of water required for gas cooling is higher than that for quenching.

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Air

Environmental considerations for loading material at products berth

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Various materials are loaded onto vessels at BlueScope’s products berth in Port Kembla harbour. The process requires consideration of appropriate management of environmental risks given the proximity to the harbour. For materials which contain fines, such as copper concentrate, even more stringent management is required, in particular around loading the material into the hold of a vessel. If the material was tipped from above the hold, dust emissions could be generated which could then fall onto docks or into the harbour.

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