Qatar Steel has an effective Environment Management System in place, in compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 standard (certification by UK CARES), and which also meets the requirements of the Environment Protection Regulations laid down by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME). As part of our effort towards constant improvement of systems and processes, internal audits were conducted by Qatar Steel internal auditors. Additionally, the UK CARES certification body conducted an external surveillance audit during October 2020, reflecting our commitment to conduct our operations and align our environmental objectives, targets and programs in accordance with globally accepted environmental standards.
At Qatar Steel, we regularly track our compliance with regulatory requirements related to the environment through establishment of procedures for effective implementation of environmental standards. This helps us ensure that all our environmental permits are updated according to schedule, and environmental tools and equipment are calibrated on a timely basis. For instance, environmental reports are communicated on a quarterly basis to all concerned departments within Qatar Steel, QP/MIC and MME. For ensuring compliance with Consent To Operate (CTO) permits issued by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), Qatar Steel has developed a monitoring plan for point source air emission, noise level, ambient air quality, hazardous waste, ground water and by products and recycled materials within the area of operations. According to the plan, all reports and records are reviewed and monitored to establish compliance. In case there are findings of deviation on parameters set by CTOs, mitigation and recommended controls are strictly implemented. In 2020, Qatar Steel successfully renewed its CTO permits for two of its on-site processes, namely, Slag Recycling and Briquetting Plant. As part of the renewal, officials from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) conducted site inspections and found no instances of noncompliance or deviations from CTO conditions. The issued CTO permits are valid till 23rd November 2023.