On World Environment Day 2015, the Port Kembla Steelworks Slabmaking Team was announced the winner of the inaugural BlueScope Environment Award for their project: Waste Recovery and Minimisation of Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOS) Filter Cake.
The Waste Recovery and Minimisation of BOS Filter Cake project was a large-scale waste minimisation project that was recognised for its significant cost and environment savings through the efficient use of resources. The successful implementation of this project has eliminated the use of approximately 62,564 tonnes of iron ore resulting in a cost saving of AU$7.5 million and a reduced level of overall waste that may otherwise need to be disposed in the future.
Each BlueScope business unit was encouraged to nominate for the award by submitting an environmental engagement or improvement activity undertaken during the year. The nominations received from across BlueScope’s footprint were judged by the way they demonstrated commitment to Our Bond and to BlueScope’s HSEC Policy which states: “We care for our environment” through:
- The efficient use of resources;
- Pollution prevention strategies and mitigation of process disturbances;
- Reducing the environmental impact of our operations and products; and
- Community engagement and consultation.
The BlueScope Environment Award was presented to the winning team by Daniel Grollo, Chair of the BlueScope Board’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee.