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World Environment Day: Beat air pollution

World Environment Day (WED) 2019 urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world. World Environment Day was established in 1972 but first held in 1974.

There are many sources of air pollution: from agriculture and transport to waste management and manufacturing. There are many substances involved including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, etc. World Environment Day invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our daily lives to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Tenaris has made several investments to improve emission levels in its processes from the steel shops, to reheating furnaces and chemical processes. For example, TenarisSiderca and TenarisTamsa are currently investing in two projects to control fugitive emissions from steelmaking processes.

“We are going ahead with important investments to reduce emission in the steel shops, and we will continue doing investments, but then a key factor is also how we perform our operations, controls that we do to our treatment processes in order to ensure they are working properly as they were designed, says Carolina Bengochea, Environment Senior Director. “Indeed, the decisions we make on a daily basis have an impact on the environment and we have to be able to recognize those”.

This year, and for the second consecutive time, Tenaris was recognized as Sustainability Champion by worldsteel, along with Ternium and four other steel companies. “Our responsibility towards the environment goes beyond what is required by law” points out Paolo Rocca, “it is non-delegable and it is at the base of our ‘license to operate’ in all the communities and countries where we perform our industrial activities,” he adds.

Wherever Tenaris operates, it is committed to a long term sustainable business. In this context, the company is aware that in order to understand the environmental performance of a steel pipe (or any other product of the company), its life cycle needs to be taken into consideration.

Our Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology to analyze and measure the environmental impact of the pipes along the stages of their lifecycle, seeking to identify opportunities that can contribute in minimizing the environmental impact of the product.

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Circular economy concepts are at the base of our production system. Through scrap recycling and self-production of most of the steel used in our tubular products, we minimize the environmental footprint of our operations. In our steelmaking sites we have achieved high recycling values due to the use of electric arc furnaces, which allow recycling steel scrap without altering steel properties.

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