ESG initiatives: Environment

Environmental policy

Environmental philosophy

The Osaka Steel Group contributes to society by actively working to reduce environmental impacts and preserve the global environment through our business activities of recycling steel scrap into steel products.

Basic policy

  • Recognizing the effects of our business activities on the environment, we will strive for environmental protection by working continuously to reduce environmental impacts mainly through resource saving, energy conservation, and expanded recycling.
  • We will establish an environmental management system, improve it, and make it an integral part of our operations in an effort to advance environmental protection activities independently and thoroughly, in addition to complying with laws, regulations, ordinances, etc.
  • We will not only set environmental objectives and goals to comply with our environmental policy and work to achieve them but will also strive constantly for environmental improvement by conducting internal audits, environmental patrols, and management reviews periodically.
Responding to climate change
– Taking on the challenge of realizing carbon neutrality –
The Osaka Steel Group will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society by continuously making all possible efforts to realize carbon neutrality by 2050 and seriously address global environmental risks, including climate change.

Climate change risks and opportunities and strategy to address them

The Osaka Steel Group predicts the effects of climate change on its business and prepares appropriately for relevant risks as part of its initiatives to adapt to climate change, and at the same time, the Group promotes efforts to seize business opportunities.

The Group’s goal to reduce CO2 emissions

The Osaka Steel Group, which aims to reduce total CO2 emissions by 46% compared to the 2013 level by 2030 and attain carbon neutrality by 2050, will exert its full strength to realize the vision.

To achieve carbon neutrality

(1)Promotion of energy conservation
(2)Reduction of CO2 emissions through the use of renewable energy
(3)Use of CO2 capture, absorption, and storage technology and utilization of carbon offsetting

The Group’s energy conservation initiatives

(1)CO2 emissions

(Unit: t-CO2)

(2)Energy consumption

(Unit: TJ)

Contribution to the creation of a recycling-oriented society

Contribution through the recycling of iron resources

Iron is an important material that is indispensable to today’s society. Excellent in terms of cost and production, it also supports our lives in various ways. At the end of its use, steel is sorted and captured as scrap. After scrap is melted and recycled in an electric arc furnace (EAF), recycled steel is sent back to our society. Osaka Steel is an EAF steelmaker, and EAF steelmakers engaged in the recycling of iron using this CO2-free ironmaking process are gaining importance. Osaka Steel will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society through the very business of iron resource recycling.

Promotion of internal zero emission

Steel slags, dust, and other byproducts are generated in the ironmaking process, and in FY2022, some 90,000 tons of byproducts were generated when we produced about 800,000 tons of crude steel. Osaka Steel strives to reduce byproducts mainly by recycling most of them both internally and externally, and maintains a high recycling rate currently at approximately 90% or more. We will continue to promote efforts to achieve internal zero emission.

Environmentally conscious products

Acquisition of EcoLeaf environmental label

The Osaka Steel Group has acquired the EcoLeaf environmental label, which is certified by the Sustainable Management Promotion Organization (SuMPO), for six of its products such as angles. EcoLeaf is one of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification programs that aim to disclose environmental information on the entire life cycle of products (from resource extraction, manufacturing, and distribution to usage, disposal, and recycling) in quantitative terms using the life cycle assessment (LCA) method. This enables customers to use the label as evidence for judging when quantitatively and objectively evaluating the environmental impacts of products they use and purchasing environmentally conscious products. If customers use a certain amount or more of products with an EcoLeaf environmental label for their buildings, they can obtain additional points when applying for an LEED certification (America’s international performance evaluation system aimed at assessing the environment of buildings and cities). We expect to contribute greatly to customers who strive to acquire an LEED certification.

Registration number

  • JR-AJ-23021EChannels
  • JR-AJ-23022EElevator guide rails
  • JR-AJ-23023EFlat bars
  • JR-AJ-23024EBars
  • JR-AJ-23025EAngles
  • JR-AW-23025ERails

Details of disclosure data on the EcoLeaf environmental label can be viewed on the website Sustainable Management Promotion Organization (SuMPO)