Prevention of Pollution (Protecting the Global Atmosphere and Water)
The JFE Group regards co-existence and mutual prosperity with local communities, the global environment, and society at large as a critical managerial challenge in terms of business continuity. It strives to control air and water pollutant emissions and aggressively invests in environmental protection. Related internal controls and education are steadily being strengthened as well. Also, the transfer and widespread application of proprietary technologies, mainly in developing countries, contribute to pollution prevention on a global scale.
Controlling Air Emissions
JFE Steel is controlling emissions by installing low-nitrogen oxides (NOx) burners in reheat furnaces, switching to low-sulfur fuels and deploying desulfurization and denitration devices in sintering plants, all major sources of sulfur oxides (SOx) and NOx emissions.
In addition, the company suppresses dust dispersion through measures that include enhancing on-site cleaning, installing sprinklers and windbreak fences in raw material yards, and improving the performance of dust collectors.
* 13 JFE Steel consolidated subsidiaries in Japan.
* 13 JFE Steel consolidated subsidiaries in Japan.
To ensure compliance with the Air Pollution Control Law and relevant local regulations, JFE Engineering properly manages facilities that emit soot and smoke, by regularly measuring NOx emissions, etc., at its Yokohama head office, Turumi works, and Tsu works. In addition, efforts are being made at construction sites to protect the environment through the use of construction machinery and on-site vehicles in compliance with the Automotive NOx and PM Law and Act on Regulation, Etc. of Emissions From Non-road Special Motor Vehicles (Off-Road Vehicle Law).
Preventing Water Pollution
JFE Steel strives to reduce its environmental impact on waterways by thoroughly purifying water used in iron and steelmaking processes before releasing it into public waterways or sewers. The company has concluded agreements with the administrative entity in each area that set out more rigorous effluent standards, compared to those stipulated under the Water Pollution Prevention Act. It also established a strict voluntary control standard to improve water quality. For FY2019, chemical oxygen demand (COD), the water-quality index for wastewater, was 3.2 tonnes per day.
Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)
* 12 JFE Steel consolidated subsidiaries in Japan.
Wastewater from the JFE Engineering Yokohama head office, Tsurumi works, and Tsu works, is released into public waterways or sewer systems. Nitric oxide, phosphorus, and COD in the wastewater are measured on a regular basis and effectively managed in accordance with the Water Pollution Prevention Act and Sewerage Act.
Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) in Wastewater Released Publicly
This report uses the maximum value of each year.
Management of Chemical Substances and Emission Control
JFE Steel lowers its environmental impact by voluntarily reducing the chemical substances it releases. Release and transfer amounts of substances subject to Japan’s Law concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR Law) are reported in accordance with the law. In FY2019, chemical substances released into the atmosphere and public waterways totaled 488 tonnes.
The Japan Iron and Steel Federation formulated a voluntary action plan to reduce VOC emissions by 30% from FY2000 levels by FY2010. As part of this action plan, JFE Steel set a target for reducing emissions to 1,078 tonnes or less. As a result of our initiatives, we achieved a significant reduction that exceeded the 30% reduction target in FY2010 and have been consistently cutting VOC emissions, by more than 50%. We will continue with follow-up efforts to prevent any increase in emissions.
Release and Transfer Amounts of PRTR-registered Substances at JFE Steel
* 18 JFE Steel consolidated subsidiaries in Japan.
Major chemical substances subject to the PRTR Law for the JFE Engineering works in Tsurumi and Tsu include organic solvents such as xylene used for painting products, manganese and its compounds generated during welding. We report the release and transfer amounts of these substances in accordance with the law.
Release and Transfer Amounts of PRTR-registered Substances at JFE Engineering
* 4 JFE Engineering consolidated subsidiaries in Japan.
For more on quantitative data related to PRTR, please refer to the following information.ESG Data: Environmental Data
PCB Waste Management at JFE
Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste is properly stored and managed at the JFE Group’s facilities. High concentration PCB waste is treated in accordance with guidelines set by the Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corporation (JESCO). The Yokohama Eco Clean Plant and Mizushima Eco-Works of J&T Recycling Corporation treat insulating oil contaminated with slight amounts of PCB, helping to reduce pollutants both in and outside the JFE Group.
Products and Technologies (Protecting the Environment)
For more on products and technologies related to environmental protection, please refer to the following information.Development and Provision of Eco-friendly Processes and Products