TARDY Paul Association of the Hungarian Steel Industry

Towards Cleaner Steel Industry: Requirements and Achievements

One of the leading ideologies of our age is sustainable development. The protection of environment and climate is among the most important factors influencing sustainability. Steel industry is conventionally regarded as an activity characterized with large environmental burden; that is why it is in the focus of discussions and is forced to improve its environmental performance by national and international regulation. The European Union is in the forefront of environmental and climate protection and steel companies are strongly involved in this activity. The paper will give a short overview on the changing EU regulations (IPPC and BAT) and on the recent developments in emission trade. Reactions of the steel industtry will be summarized including - the trend to increase waste utilization, getting close to zero waste technologies in several cases - CO2 emission of traditional steel technologies has been strongly decreased but possibilities are limited - methodology of life cycle assessment in steel indutry has been developed and is used for the better understanding and evaluation of the environmental impacts of producing and utilising steel - identifying the environmental advantages of using steel in several industrial branches.