Reducing operational energy consumption is important to Qatar Steel, as it both benefits the environment and improves profitability. Internationally, burning coal is the most used energy source in steel production; however, this method has the greatest negative environmental impact. Qatar Steel uses natural gas, a much cleaner source of energy, putting the company ahead of competitors in terms of environmental impact. The company also follows a DR-EAF route for the production of steel, which is less energy intensive than other steelmaking routes followed widely in other parts of the world (i.e. BF (Blast Furnace)-BOF (Basic Oxygen Furnace)). In 2017, the company further reduced the energy intensity of its operations to 14.71 GJ/metric tonne of molten steel, a 4.0% reduction compared to 2016.