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Environmental Management System

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Based on the JFE Group's environmental philosophy, which states that contribution to the improvement of the global environment is the most important management issue, and to undertake business operations in harmony with the environment while creating a prosperous society, the group has devoted its collective strength to environmental preservation throughout its business activities. In addition, through the provision of numerous products, technologies and services based on unique environment and energy-related technologies built up over many years, the group has made active efforts to develop solutions for issues in such areas as global warming, resource recycling, and energy conservation.

The JFE Group has established the Environmental Council, chaired by the President of JFE Holdings, as its highest decision-making body, and an Environmental Committee in each of the operating companies and affiliated companies. Through these organs, the group pursues solutions to environment-related problems. In addition, the officers responsible for environmental matters at JFE Holdings and the five operating companies together form the Group Environmental Liaison Network, which ensures that environmental activities are conducted uniformly across the group, and that their effectiveness is enhanced.

Nevertheless, at JFE Steel's East Japan Works (in Chiba City) it was discovered in December 2004 that environmental problems were being caused by waste water, indicating that the group's environmentally positive activities up until then had been inadequate in certain respects. Thorough remedial measures have, of course, been taken at the steelworks in Chiba, but we are strongly aware that this problem concerns the entire JFE Group. Accordingly, an exhaustive overhaul of the group-wide environmental management system has been initiated, and all possible measures -- addressing both operational management and plant and equipment -- are being taken to prevent the recurrence of such problems.

For full details, please see the 2005 JFE Environmental Sustainability Report (due to be issued in November 2005).
http://www.jfe-holdings.co.jp/en/environment/index.html

Environmental Management System
Environmental Management System