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At BlueScope Steel, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.
We care for the environment and place great importance on the way we manage the effect of our operations and products on our communities.
We are committed to the efficient use of resources, reducing and preventing pollution and product stewardship, focusing on all aspects of the product lifecycle.
BlueScope Steel's sites are spread throughout Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Asia Pacific region, North America and China, and operate under many different regulatory environments, licence requirements and legal jurisdictions.
We strive for continuous improvement in our environmental performance at all our sites and seek to meet and exceed community expectations. Our aim is to continuously reduce the impact of our activities on the environment, to ensure any impact is neither serious nor long lasting, and through this, be supported by the communities in which we operate.
Many of our sites operate under licences that require us to report non-compliances. BlueScope Steel has taken one step further. We are in the process of implementing a system that will enable us to regularly assess our compliance to all legislative requirements including all sites that do not operate under licences.
We have developed a customised compliance system to enable our environmental responsibilities to be appropriately managed. This provides a systematic means for line management to both understand and demonstrate compliance with their specific statutory obligations on a monthly basis. The environmental compliance system has been successfully implemented at a number of our operations, including Port Kembla, Springhill and Western Port. It is anticipated that by the end of 2005/06, the compliance system will have been implemented at 85 per cent of our operations around the world.
As our business expands throughout Asia, equipment, processes and education programs are put in place at our new facilities to minimise their impact on local communities and ensure responsible environmental management.
Each year, BlueScope Steel contributes data to Australia's National Pollutant Inventory, which can be viewed at www.npi.ea.gov.au