CSPA member companies recognize the importance of their environmental performance and community obligations to ensure that all Canadians continue to benefit from world-class steel production in this country.
Our producers have voluntarily invested and continue to invest in innovative technologies to increase their efficiency, increase their recycling capacity and reduce their impact on the environment.
Canadian steel producers are proud to play a pivotal role in the global circular economy. Steel is 100% recyclable, easily recoverable from waste streams and can be repurposed infinitely. Combining its long history of significant efforts to increase recycling rates and its recovery of a broad range of metals through its recycling operations has resulted in steel’s place as a leader in the circular economy as well as leading the country’s and the world’s recycling statistics.
Water is used in the production of steel for cooling and cleaning, as well as to control dust and emissions. Programs are in place at CSPA member companies to reduce water consumption, and to protect water quality by treatment of process water before returning it back to the natural environment.
Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in 2016 have improved 21% since 1990. Over the same period, sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions measured at integrated steel mills improved by 72%. The complete implementation of Environment Canada’s Air Quality Management System initiative over the next 10 years will result in even further reductions.
Benzene emissions in 2016, primarily from integrated steel mills’ coke operations, show a 90% reduction since 1990, the result of improvement projects implemented at a number of facilities.