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 450 million euros, mainly related to projects to improve energy efficiency and dedusting equipment in several units as well as acid regeneration plants in Sweden and Germany. 

Research and development

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.


Active participation

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.