Investing and improving
Creating more efficient ways of working is behind our great environmental performance. Outokumpu's long-term efforts in research and development with two own research centers has been one catalyst for our leadership.
Environmental investments and expenditure
Outokumpu's investments in the 2000s have added up to over 400 million euros, mainly related to projects to improve energy effciency and dedusting equipment in several units as well as acid regeneration plants in Sweden and Germany.
In 2016 costs for environment-related activities were 118 million euros of which costs associated with operational environmental management totaled 108 million euros. Operational costs include process-related treatment, disposal and remediation costs for waste and emissions into air and water. 35.6% of the environmental expenditure was for air and climate change, 30.3% for water protection, 12.2% for waste management, 5.4% for waste disposal and 0.5% for soil and ground water. The biggest investments were the reconstruction of the Krefeld site and waste treatment improvement in the Kemi mine. Provisions and guarantees in connection with environmental consideration totaled 64 million euros.
Research and development
Outokumpu has some 200 researchers working in our R&D department. Process development focus areas include energy and material efficiency, quality and by-product utilization: the very essential areas of environmental performance.
Best Available Technology (BAT)
One of Outokumpu’s operating principles is to use best available techniques (BAT) to reduce emissions and minimize harmful environmental impacts that could result from the Group’s operations. In this context, BAT means the best available pollution prevention technology from both technical and economic perspectives. Outokumpu is also an active participant in the process of updating the reference documents (BREFs), which specify related technologies, helping to set the high standards applicable within the European Union.
Outokumpu is a part of international associations such as ISSF and Euro Inox. Active involvement in national research programs, European R&D projects. Education programs and thesis work are part of our systematic approach. Outokumpu supports students and researchers through two foundations: the Outokumpu Stainless Research Foundation and the Foundation of Finnish Steel and Metal Producers.