THE ENVIRONMENTAL CULTURE
Respect for the environment around us is the result of an investment in knowledge that arises from learning the basic rules.
For this reason we invest in specific environmental training courses to raise awareness and empower our operators on an increasingly important issue.
SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2022
ORI Martin presents the fourth Sustainability Report, the third to be audited.
It was drafted according to international reference standards and enables the Company to clearly and transparently communicate its performance, commitment and effective contribution to environmental, social and economic matters.
Differently from previous reports, in the 2022 one, other than results from the headquarter plant O.R.I. Martin S.p.A. in Brescia, are also collected the results from the Ospitaletto plant, which entered the Group in 2018 and became part of O.R.I Martin S.p.A. in 2022.
The use of EAF furnaces instead of Blast Furnaces, allows the use of ferrous scrap as a raw material, giving an infinite life cycle to steel products that will become scrap again and then again raw material.
The project is worth over 12 million euros and has been active since 2016, the first of its kind in Italy; it was implemented in collaboration with technical partners such as Tenova, Turboden and A2A.
The I-Recovery system allows to convey the large amount of heat contained in the fumes of the electric arc furnace into a system that avoids its dispersion.
In fact, the heat is recovered through the generation of steam, which is stored and used as dual purpose:
it is either transformed into thermal energy to be fed into Brescia district heating network or into electricity through an organic fluid turbine (ORC).
Thanks to this technology, I-Recovery supplies about 10MWt for heating in the winter period, equivalent to the annual needs of about 2,000 families. In summer, however, it produces clean electricity (about 1.8 MWe), equivalent to the needs of about 700 families.
The HEATLEAP PROJECT is realized in partnership with Turboden, the heat pump provider and in collaboration with other important companies such as A2A, the CSMT - Centro Servizi Multisettoriale Tecnologico, Rina consulting and Cogen Europe and financed by the European Commission on the LIFE 2020 call.
Out of a total cost of 6.5 million Euros, the HEATLEAP project received a grant of 2.5 million Euros from the European Commission on the LIFE 2020 call for proposals. The project has officially started on 1ST June 2020 and will last two and a half years.
The main objective of the project is to recover most of the thermal waste of steelmaking, which would otherwise be dispersed in the environment.
Thanks to a special, large heat pump with a size of up to 7 MWth, the heat is recovered at a low temperature (about 70°C) and then taken up to an adequate temperature (from 95°C up to 120°C) to then be put into the town district heating network.
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ORI Martin uses the Consteel technology, which allows the continuous loading of the scrap into the electric arc furnace through a special mechanical conveyor that allows the preheating of the scrap with greater energy efficiency.
Furthermore, this technology brings considerable advantages both for the lower consumption of electricity and for the problems related to the environmental impact (reduction of the plant’s acoustic impact and secondary emissions due to the reduction of scrap loading with buckets) and for a better control of the radioactivity of the incoming scrap.
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Water is amongst the most monitored resources by ORI Martin as a vital asset to be preserved. Large amounts of water are required to cool the furnaces in steelmaking.
Water that comes into direct contact with steel during the cooling phase require a treatment to eliminate metal scale and oils. In such case, water is conveyed to special collection tanks to be sent to the purification plants (one for the steel shop and one for the rolling mill), equipped with settling tanks and sand filters.
The continuous investments in water recycling allowed to reduce by more than 60% in 20 years the specific consumption of water per ton of hot rolled product.
IN THE LAST
ORI Martin supports the development of renewable energy in Italy.
In October 2019, in fact, The Company finalized a 5-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a Swiss energy trader (DXT Commodities) and a German investment fund (KGAL Investment Management).
That agreement foresees energy production through a 53 MW photovoltaic power station installed in Sardinia and launched in November 2020.
From that moment, 10% of the facility’s energy needs will come from renewable sources, exploiting solar energy.
The plant will allow a significant reduction in CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, equal to the effect that would be obtained by planting a forest of about 50,000 trees.
In 2018, approximately 1 MW of solar panels for the production of electricity were installed in the production sites of San Pietro Mosezzo (NO) and Cologne (BS), which will save 8,800 tons of CO2 emissions over the coming 20 years.
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EAF GAS TREATMENT
Brescia plant is part of the Emission Trading System (EU - ETS), an instrument set up by the European Union Directive 2003/87, aimed at monitoring and progressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the highest energy-intensive industrial sectors.
The ETS system, designed to tackle climate change, rests its foundations on a mechanism called “cap and trade”. This mechanism caps the presence of a maximum limit of tons of CO2 that industrial plants subject to this system can emit. Based on the actual quantity emitted and declared annually, the subjects receive or purchase emission quotas that can be exchanged through a sale on the global CO2 market.
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ORI Martin pays great attention to the acoustic impact caused in the surrounding area by the activities of the plant and the movement of heavy vehicles.
For several years, the Company has been intervening in the most critical areas of the plant by installing soundproof walls and doors with the aim of containing the noise produced by the systems.
These interventions provided compliance with the noise pollution limits set by the Municipality.
In 2018 Air Liquide installed a new 5 km long oxygen pipeline that allows the direct supply of oxygen to the ORI Martin site, replacing the use of tankers for the supply of liquid gas.
CO2 DUE TO THE LACK
Inspired by the principles of ISO 14064-1:2018 standards and through third-party certification, every year the company reports greenhouse gas emissions expressed in CO2 equivalents, classified by product type.
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification
As a further step towards an environmentally sustainable production, in 2022 ORI Martin has concluded the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of its steel products in order to register them for the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification.
The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a voluntary declaration describing the environmental performances of products in compliance with the ISO 14025 international standard. The EPD is the main environmental certification in the Italian and European context and represents an essential step to declare the sustainability performances of production.
ORI Martin S.p.A. received the EPD for the following products:
• Steel billets
• Hot-rolled wire roads and bars
• Annealed wire-roads and bars
• Quenched and tempered bars
Over the years, more than 80,000 m² (20 acres) of land owned by ORI Martin, located around the plant has been destined to green areas, planted with hundreds of trees and open to the public. This has created a sort of "green belt" of mitigation between the plant and the surrounding neighbourhoods.
To facilitate increasingly eco-sustainable mobility, ORI Martin has financed the construction of cycle paths and a bike sharing station near the plant. This, in addition to a charging station for electric cars inside the plant, this also allows employees to reach the workplace with modern sustainable mobility solutions.
Several research projects are underway to develop new systems, new applications and new patents for the recovery of steel mill slag and waste products.
ORI Martin has participated in the RAMET Consortium (www.consorzioramet.it) since its foundation. This brings together 21 metallurgical companies from Brescia in a common project for the study and monitoring of the environmental impact of the production activities both on the workplace and the vicinity. The consortium's activity is carried out through the implementation of modeling studies relating to the presence of pollutants in the air, environmental chemical analyses and studies on micropollutants, as well as research on the treatment, disposal and reuse of waste.
The acronym of "European Steel Technology Platform", a non-profit organization in which ORI Martin has participated, together with other electricity cycle producers, since 2020 in the "Clean Steel" project with the aim of defining the guidelines for the production of clean steel from electric furnaces at a European level.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS
ORI Martin operates in compliance with ISO 14001 and RIR and ISO 45001 standards.
It has achieved “carbon footprint” and operates in compliance with ISO 50001:2018 standards for the energy management system.
In 2019 the role of Sustainability Manager has been established, reporting directly to the CEO with regard to the management and coordination at a centralized level of all the Group’s sustainability activities, from reporting to the definition, implementation and monitoring of projects related to sustainability.
CAROLINA DE MIRANDA
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