In an international comparison, we therefore rank among the most efficient companies regarding steel production and, with our integrated steel works in Salzgitter, are one of the world's steel producers with the lowest specific emissions. Our steel products are fundamental to numerous value chains. No other material can be deployed as flexibly in all areas of industry and, at the end of its useful life, be fully recycled.
A groupwide environmental guideline defines the overriding environmental targets of Salzgitter AG, laying down the following principles to govern activities:
We rely on the specific skills of our employees on site for the organization of environmental protection within the Salzgitter Group. In the Steel and Tubes divisions, which have particular environmental relevance, special departments provide the operational side with support by answering questions relating to issues involving environmental law and monitoring compliance with the various policies. Moreover, they advise the companies on their investment projects in which we always integrate environmental aspects at an early stage.
At Group level, the Environmental and Energy Policy Department defines the strategic direction of environmental activities in coordination with the Executive Board. It also represents the environmental and energy-related interests of the Group to the outside world. Another systematic component has been established in the form of a Group Environment and Energy Steering Committee which serves as a platform for dialog and encourages the regular exchange of experience and know-how transfer between the companies.
Environmental management systems are instrumental in achieving a uniform and legally secure level of environmental protection. Many Group companies have integrated management systems that additionally encompass the areas of occupational health and safety and quality. Drawing on our underlying concept and our experience in introducing environmental management, we will now proceed with the establishment of increasingly important energy management systems: depending on the volume of energy consumed and the proportion of energy costs in the respective company, a list of priorities will be drawn up and rigorously implemented. Our intention is to consistently improve the management of all relevant energy consumption within the Group.