Some people call it sustainability

We call it forward thinking

Sustainability is central to our corporate mind-set, and a key message that we wish to convey to the outside world. All members of GMH Gruppe have been audited and certified to the environmental requirements of ISO 14001. We understand that economy and ecology are two sides of the same coin. Business success is essential to improved environmental protection, and vice versa.

Steel has a unique feature: it is a material that can be fully and repeatedly recycled, with no degradation in quality. And each time steel is reused for a new purpose, it shrinks its ecological footprint a little more. Not least because it takes less energy, and generates a lower level of carbon emissions, to recycle steel than to manufacture it in the first place. 

The world champion of recycling: steel

The German steel industry recycles 20 million metric tons of scrap steel and iron annually. The result is a highly efficient, continuous closed loop of production, use, reclamation and reuse. 

Steel also enables low-emission products and processes. For example, by cooperating closely with automotive companies, piston manufacturers and systems suppliers, we have succeeded in creating a steel piston for diesel-powered engines of unprecedented efficiency, with a marked reduction in both fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Our innovation pipeline is full, and will remain full, of similarly intelligent and highly marketable product ideas.

Enhanced energy efficiency

Steel from GMH Gruppe plays a pivotal role in the design and construction of highly energy-efficient power plants. Our CB2 material, in particular, is gaining ever greater international interest. CB2 contains cobalt and boron, and displays greater tensile strength at high temperatures. Steel also plays a key role in wind energy – in fact, almost 80 per cent of a typical steel turbine comprises steel. 

A "Climate Protection Company"

GMH Gruppe is a pioneer when it comes to protecting the environment. Georgsmarienhütte was the first steel plant worldwide to be designated as a "Climate Protection Company". It is one of a total of 29 enterprises based in Germany to be recognised in this way in the last five years by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).