ISSF announces 2012 Sustainability Award winners

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has announced the winners of its 2012 Sustainability Award. The Award was first presented in 2011 and recognises the outstanding contribution of ISSF Member companies to the sustainability of the global stainless steel industry.

The 2011 edition of the Award attracted 17 entries from 11 of ISSF’s member companies. This year the number of entries has more than doubled to 36, and 15 companies are taking part. In 2012 the list of categories has also been expanded to include projects which add value for customers.

In recognising the high standard of the entries this year, the selection committee decided to present the 2012 Sustainability Award to three companies. The winners are:

  • Aperam (France) for its SolarStyl® building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system. Aperam has created a new stainless steel product for BIPV installations which decreases the cost of photovoltaic modules and increases their performance. Through the SolarStyl® system, Aperam is promoting the use of photovoltaic energy and contributing to the development of renewable energy.
  • Nippon Metal Industry Co., Ltd. (Japan) for its improvement in recycling performance. Nippon Metal Industry has been trying to find ways to recycle waste products from the stainless steelmaking process. As a result of the company’s efforts, the amount of pickling sludge going to landfill has declined from 100% to zero. Around 9,500 tonnes of pig iron containing nickel and chromium has been recovered in the three years since the project began.
  • Taiyuan Iron & Steel Group Co. Ltd. - TISCO (China) for its system to reuse the remaining heat in steam. TISCO has implemented technical measures which turn low quality heat and steam into electric power. The system has cut the company’s energy consumption and improved its environmental performance. In 2004, TISCO recovered around 0.8% of remaining heat and steam. By 2011 this had risen to 4.7%. The amount of power generated from remaining heat and steam has risen from 1.9% of total energy needs per annum to 17% as a result.


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Published: 17/05/2012
Last modified: 17/05/2012

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