Environmental responsibility

BlueScope is committed to the efficient use of resources, preventing pollution and reducing the environmental impact of its operations and products.

BlueScope and the Illawarra environment


BlueScope develops, implements and maintains environment management systems that are consistent with internationally recognised standards.

The Environmental Management Systems for our larger facilities within the Illawarra are certified to the international environment management standard: ISO 14001:2015. For a detailed scope of what is covered by the ISO 14001 certification contact PKSW Environment.

The Port Kembla Steelworks, Springhill Works, Western Sydney Service Centre and Commonwealth Rolling Mills (CRM) facilities operate in accordance with our environmental protection licences, administered by the EPA.

We are committed to improving our environmental performance and work on projects to reduce our environmental footprint. These projects focus on:

  • The efficient use of resources;
  • Pollution prevention strategies and the mitigation of process disturbances; and
  • Reducing the environmental impact of our products.

BlueScope’s Commitment to Biodiversity

Biodiversity encompasses all living things, from human beings to micro-organisms and the habitats in which they live, and it also includes the genetic material within individual species.

There are three main goals established under the Convention of Biological Diversity, these are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.

BlueScope recognise that we have both an impact to and a dependence on biodiversity, through our business operations and use of ecosystem services.

BlueScope is committed to several mitigation measures including:

  • Avoiding impact to Biodiversity by including this consideration in the design of new or modifications to existing operations;
  • Minimise impacts by substituting existing decisions or activities with alternatives that are designed to reduce or limit the undesirable impacts of a proposed activity on biodiversity;
  • Rehabilitate or restore the affected environment;
  • Offset the biodiversity impact by implementing measures to compensate for affected biodiversity values. The compensatory measure may include a combination of direct offsets or other compensatory measures.

We are critically dependent on resilient ecosystems. The loss of or reduction in the quality of our planet’s biodiversity will not only impact on our operations, but will also have an impact on our communities, our shareholders and our people.