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The Sustainability Charter

Australian Steel Institute Environmental Sustainability Charter (ESC)

The objective of the ESC is to develop steel as a sustainable form of construction and to have the steel industry chain operate in an environmentally responsible way.

Steel is recognised as a sustainable material and there is a need to establish mechanisms for companies to determine what a sustainable steel supplier is and how to identify one.

This Charter is designed for downstream enterprises associated with steel manufacturing, fabrication or services to demonstrate a company’s approach to environmental improvement, particularly where a company is required to achieve an accreditation as a contractual requirement, and is designed to be used by regulators, environmental rating agencies and bodies such as the Green Building Council of Australia.

Additionally, for a project to be covered by the Environmental Sustainability Charter, the steel used in the project must be supplied from an environmentally responsible steelmaker as follows:

The GBCA has determined that the steel used in projects requiring ESC membership and therefore being eligible for green credits must be supplied by steel maker/s or manufacturer/s who have:

  • A valid ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) in place
  • Membership of the World Steel Association's Climate Action Programme (WSA CAP). Ref. MAT-5 Steel Credit www.gbca.org.au

Companies committing to this Charter will be required to complete a declaration to operate their businesses to reduce their environmental footprint, to increase the efficiency of resource use. They will be required to demonstrate environmental responsibility and seek this in their sub-contactors and suppliers.

Information sheet on the Environmental Sustainability Charter (PDF) (139 Kb)

Why environmental sustainability nurtures business sustainability, Sept 2017 (PDF) (97 Kb)

Companies committed to the ESC conduct their businesses along sustainable lines, demonstrate environmental responsibility and share their knowledge of sustainability with others.

This commitment is audited once yearly by an independent auditor. The annual audit is compulsory for the company to remain on the list of Charter members.

During the sustainability audit an ASI Environmental Sustainability Charter company must demonstrate that it is working on several of the following environmental criteria:

  • Published a sustainability policy signed by the Manager.
  • Fully comply with the legislative requirements for environmental laws.
  • Be operating an environmental management system (EMS).
  • Have measured energy, water and fuels use and have plans and targets for reduction.
  • Have measured its carbon footprint and have plans for its reduction.
  • Established a preferred major sub-contractor and supplier list with a selection criterion including good environmental practice.
  • Use of environmental impact assessment for process improvement.
  • A policy to manage energy and vehicle fuel use in the business.
  • A policy to engage with the local community on local environmental issues.