ArcelorMittal's steel plant in the Czech Republic is
co-funding its environmental projects through European Union funds, for
the first time in the company's history. ArcelorMittal Ostrava will use
the funding to commission new, cleaner technologies worth CZK 2.6
billion (US$136.7m) by 2016.
After approving the first two projects for environmental investments
in Ostrava's sinter plant and blast furnaces, the European Commission
has now approved the site's grant application for the biggest of the
three environmental projects: the installation of fabric filters in
Ostrava's sinter plant south.
All three projects are eligible for EU funding as they are part of
the company's drive to reduce emissions beyond the requirements of the
new EU environmental legislation that will come into effect in 2016. The
site aims to implement all three emissions reduction projects by 2016
at the latest.
Thanks to its own environmental investments and projects,
ArcelorMittal Ostrava is already compliant with current and future EU
limits and regulations. The new investment will help the company further
reduce emissions of particulate matter from its furnaces, as well as
emissions of nitrogen oxide from its power plant.
'We see the EU funding as an extension of the environmental
improvements we have undertaken to date. We want to continue with the
initiative to improve the environment, and we want to bring our
emissions further down', explains Petr Baranek, chief green officer of
The company applied for co-funding in May 2012; the regional
authority of Moravia-Silesia gave its approval and all projects were
also accepted by the State Environmental Fund (SF?P) and the Ministry of
Environment (M?P). The scale of the investment required the European
Commission to give its approval for the majority of investments â€“ which
it did as it has approved all three projects and agreed with 90%
co-funded and the remaining 10% funded solely by ArcelorMittal. The
other two projects already approved by the EU involve the de-dusting of
cooling belts at Ostrava's sinter plant and the capacity increase in the
de-dusting of the cast house in its two blast furnaces.