The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) have published a new environmental guide for the steel industry. According to the two bodies, an update of earlier guides was needed because "new environmental issues [have] emerged and older ones [have] broadened". The 155-page report examines potential environmental impacts at each stage of the steel-making process and advises on ways to minimise them. It includes an assessment of different production routes. Legal and policy developments affecting the industry are also discussed. IISI's chairman Maarten van Veen and director of UNEP's Industry and Environment unit, Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, conclude in a joint foreword to the guide that, despite much progress, "further advances in even the most modern plants will be required to meet sustainability goals". Steel plant siting is described as one of the most important environmental issues to be addressed.
UN Environment Programme Industry and Environment, tel: +33 1 44 37 14 50; International Iron and Steel Institute, tel: + 32 2 702 8900.
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