RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

REDUCE CLIMATE IMPACT

The steel industry currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s total CO2 emissions. Although most of these emissions originate from the actual production process, it is of the utmost importance that all actors – from producers and wholesalers to subcontractors and transporters – help reduce the sector’s climate impact.

A great deal has happened in recent years. Ever tougher requirements are set on documentation and traceability, and we are seeing how large steel mills devote a lot of effort and resources to developing fossil-free production. By working together and putting pressure on our partners, BE Group is also helping to accelerate this process.

AGENDA 2030

BE Group has throughout the years been working actively with different sustainability efforts and has now started to map the business based on the Sustainable Development Goals in Agenda 2030. Of the 17 goals set by the UN, which range from the elimination of poverty and hunger to greater gender equality and sustainable economic growth, BE Group has selected six targets that are considered especially relevant to the Company’s operations. In addition to climate-related targets, such as combating climate change and promoting more sustainable consumption and production, the goals are about working for greater gender equality, decent working conditions and economic growth and creating peaceful and inclusive societies.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

BE Group works actively to minimize the environmental impact of its operations. Environmental issues are an integrated part of the operations and the foundation of the environmental work is a Group-wide environmental policy. The units work locally with the environmental issues linked to the operations and focus is on continuously improving their facilities’ energy consumption, emissions and waste management.

Prioritized environmental areas for the Group are:

  • Transportation
    Since nearly half of all transports are made by road, the Group is actively working to find transport companies that have an explicit and deliberate sustainability and environmental focus. The units in Sweden and Finland account for the majority of transports and gather detailed data for current fuel consumption in cooperation with the transport companies to gain greater knowledge of the emissions and how the company can influence them from an environmental perspective.
  • Energy consumption
    Carbon dioxide emissions from in-house operations are reduced through greater use of fossil-free energy carriers, such as electricity, biogas and district heating, and by the streamlining of energy consumption. Energy consumption is affected by the delivery volumes and it is primarily production activities (material processing and service), which are energy intensive.
  • Emissions from production
    BE Group’s own operations cause only limited emissions. Emissions primarily originate from the production units in Norrköping and Turku where operations such as painting and blasting are carried out. The filtration of solvents (VOCs) from painting facilities and dust from blasting and cutting equipment is efficient and is continuously followed up.
  • Waste management
    Residual materials in BE Group’s operations are principally metals, wood and cardboard. These are sorted and recycled to the greatest possible extent. Steel production is a heavy and energy-intensive industry, but at the same time, the life expectancy of steel structures is long and the recycling rate is high compared with many other materials.

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SUSTAINABLE

GREEN STEEL

BE Group’s ambition is to be able to help small and medium-sized companies, which most often buy steel in smaller quantities, to buy sustainable steel at competitive prices. 100% climate-compensated steel is already today a part of the offering to customers. Discussions are being held with several European steel producers and the Company is following the trend towards lower, and ultimately zero, emissions of fossil carbon dioxide within the supplier´s ongoing projects.