Sustainability and continuous improvement in environmental performance

Environment and Sustainability

ALFA ACCIAI is fully aware that a responsible and sustainable economic strategy that addresses the environmental problems associated with its activity is essential for achieving a competitive edge in the long term.

Industrial sustainability is intended as a balance between expectations of growth in business value, environmental protection, occupational health and safety, and customer satisfaction and respect.

In line with this sustainable approach, ALFA ACCIAI has obtained the following:

Environmental Management System

As part of its untiring quest for the best technologies available, ALFA ACCIAI is committed to pursuing a policy of continuous improvement of its environmental performance, minimizing – where technically feasible and economically sustainable – all the negative impacts of its activities on the environment.

The environmental management system is characterised by the interaction of environmental requirements and production processes, the aim being to identify environmental aspects, assess the impact of production activities and monitor their effects in terms of:

    • protection of the soil, subsoil and water
    • off-gas removal
    • reduced energy consumption
    • noise abatement
    • waste management
    • radiation protection.

By defining coherent organisational roles and procedures and proposing investments in the best available technologies, the management system plans short-, medium- and long-term objectives for its environmental performance, using proactive means of communication to allow correct and transparent interaction with all external subjects.
ALFA ACCIAI’s environmental management system was certified in May 2005.

Recycled Content (EN ISO 14021)98

Nothing is wasted

    • Scrap can be completely recycled using the electric arc furnace process
    • The Alfa Acciai Group’s products are certified as containing at least 97% recycled material, a very high percentage compared to other building materials
    • The recycled content, together with the declaration of origin of construction materials, contributes to the assignment of LEED credits:
      > MR Credit 4 – Recycled Content
      > MR Credit 5 – Regional Materials

Environmental Product Declaration (ISO 14025)

Officially certified results

    • A voluntary certified declaration of the product-associated environmental impacts
    • A public document available for consultation, showing the group’s commitment to data transparency in terms of:
      > process energy efficiency
      > reduced impact on renewable and non-renewable resources
      > low emission levels (air, water and soil)
    • Requires the presence of:
      > water treatment systems
      > offgas filtering systems
      > radiation monitoring system for inspecting incoming and outgoing materials and products and the smelting process

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Alfa Sinstone Granulate

Alfa SINSTONE granulate is an aggregate for non-alloy materials used in civil engineering works and road building.

The production process involves specific activities to allow the controlled solidification and subsequent granulation of slag from scrap melting in the electric arc furnace.
Slag produced in this way is no longer considered as waste, a by-product of steel production; rather, it is an environmentally compatible material that can replace natural quarried material, an excellent example of application of the fundamental principle of environmental culture.
The production and control process meets the requirements of harmonized European standards, and its application allows use of the CE mark in accordance with Directive 89/106/EEC.


The measure of product-associated environmental performance


    • Annual validation of greenhouse gas emissions (EU Regulation no. 601/2012)
    • Implementation of the organisational model under Italian Legislative Decree no.231/01
    • Certification of quality, environmental and safety management systems (EN ISO 9001- EN ISO 14001 e OHSAS 18001)
    • Validation of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
    • Offgas filtering system generated by the steel-making process
    • Continuously monitoring system for dust emissions
    • Wastewater treatment system and process water recycling
    • Radiation monitoring system for inspecting incoming materials and outgoing products and the smelting process

Measurement of environmental performance

    • Energy efficiency
    • Recycled content
    • Water consumption
    • Concentration of total suspended solids in the wastewater
    • NOX emissions (nitrogen oxides)
    • SO2 emissions (sulphur dioxide)
    • Dust emissions
    • Organic micro-pollutant emissions
    • Greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide)
    • Hazardous waste

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Suststeel Sustainable Steel sustsuststeel

ALFA ACCIAI is one of the first European companies to obtain SUSTSTEEL certification (sustainable steel:
EUROFER, the European Steel Association has created the mark SUSTEEL to organise, develop and promote the sector of products for steel construction, based on an independent certification scheme, in the context of its members’ sustainability and social responsibility, to allow an assessment by the users and the other stakeholders, such as the European, national and local institutions.

Ramet Ramet

At a local level, ALFA ACCIAI is a founder member of RAMET, a consortium that conducts environmental research for metallurgy. Set up by the Brescian Industrialist Association, it presented a program in June 2011 to implement a scheme of voluntary improvement of environmental performance for businesses. Achieving the planned projects immediately, from January 2012 ALFA ACCIAI has already ensured compliance with the new limit values coming from the European and national legislation, which expires only in 2016.

Alfa Acciai Observatory

As proof of the utmost respect and consideration of its stakeholders and a gurantee of its commitment to sustainability and eco-compatibility, ALFA ACCIAI participates pro-actively at OBSERVATORY meetings and provides the necessary premises, equipment and information, and also support in tackling the issues analysed. The Observatory is a forum created and operated under the auspices of the Brescia Town Council, and comprises the following:

    • Councillor for Town Planning;
    • Councillor for the Environment;
    • Chairman of the municipal Town Planning and Traffic Committee;
    • Chairman of the municipal Committee for Public Works, Environment, Ecology, Cemeteries and Heritage;
    • Chairman of the Brescia EAST Administrative District;
    • Chairman of the Environmental Advisory Committee;
    • Alfa Acciai worker representatives;
    • Alfa Acciai top management.

ALFA ACCIAI job is to conduct a periodic assessment of the steel mill’s impact on the environment that covers the following:

  • state of progress of works;
  • assessment of the main problems perceived by local residents and possible solutions;
  • assessment of the environment monitoring figures.

ALFA ACCIAI is committed to improving the environmental impacts of its production process by means of the following:

  • environmental mitigation measures under the ALFA 2000 project, which is supervised by the Brescia Town Council and has led in ten years to the creation of the Tornquist soundproofing barrier, the colours of which were chosen by the same architect involved in the design of the waste-to-energy plant in Brescia, the hill to the south, fencing-off of the complete plant, new layout of the parking area and lorry entrance on the south-west side near the motorway exit;
  • installation of a new more powerful off-gas filtering system for furnace 1 and redesigning of the off-gas suction hood for furnace 2 to increase the volume;
  • installation of active carbons along the suction lines of both furnaces that practically allow to further reduce the organic micro pollutants in the atmosphere emissions.
  • installation of a modern continuous sampling system for micro pollutants on the stacks of both furnaces to continuously monitor the emissions.

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