Qatar Steel is committed to improving the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its operations, including throughout the supply chain. Evidence of this commitment, Qatar Steel has achieved a responsible sourcing of construction products certificate from UK CARES.
Qatar Steel integrates Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), which provide a “cradle-to-grave” analysis in order to meet the international accreditations in manufacturing for the company’s high-grade steel. Qatar Steel also has a CARES Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which quantifies the environmental impact of products, and it is publicly available. In line with best practices, transport impact data are regularly collected and reported as a part of this declaration, through a transport impact assessment.
Many of Qatar Steel’s suppliers also conduct LCAs on the materials sourced from them; iron ore is sourced from four globally recognized companies, all of which are ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certified. In 2015, Qatar Steel completed an LCA on its products through a third-party evaluator, BRE Global, in accordance with the requirements of EN15804:2012 + A1:2013. This certification and information facilitate responsible sourcing practices, and provides clear benchmarks and guidance on product sustainability. Additionally, Qatar Steel produces its products in line with the sustainability principles of the UK CARES’s Sustainable Constructional Steel Scheme.
Qatar Steel’s Sustainability Management Policy directly addresses efforts in continually reducing the environmental impact of assets and operations, especially those associated with the transport of materials, goods and people involved in operations. As a part of these efforts, Qatar Steel assessed the transport distance of its products by land and by sea. A similar study for sold materials was also conducted. As a result, the company aims to shift the balance toward sea transport.
As recommended in the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025, Qatar Steel is committed to preserving Qatar’s natural environment. Consultants and studies have ensured that Qatar Steel’s operations are not conducted in areas of high biodiversity value and do not have a harmful impact on the biodiversity in its region.