Austrian steel maker voestalpine’s Linz-based Steel Division is now one of the first steel companies worldwide to have been officially certified as a sustainable production site by the non-profit organization ResponsibleSteel. The precondition for certification was to fulfill 200 criteria which included the responsible procurement of raw materials, reducing CO2 emissions, and the management of labor and human rights. voestalpine AG CEO Mr Herbert Eibensteiner said “Our corporate strategy prioritizes corporate responsibility. We have been living up to our ecological and social responsibility for many years. greentec steel is our ambitious phased plan to reduce CO2 emissions in steel production. Using a hybrid technology and electric arc furnaces would allow CO2 emissions to be reduced by around 30% in a first step to 2030. Over the long term, the goal is to successively increase the share of green hydrogen used in steel production, arriving at carbon-neutral steel by 2050.”ResponsibleSteel is the first global certification initiative for sustainability in the steel industry. Certification required the entire location to be subjected to detailed examination by a third party, with the decision made by the independent certification body LRQA.