Manufacturing Steel in a Responsible Manner

Environmental stewardship is one of Cleveland-Cliffs’ core values. It is an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of our resources. Maintaining our social license to operate requires us to be a leader in sustainable operating practices.

To achieve this, we must apply the same rigor to our environmental systems and performance as we do to safety, quality, and profitability. Most importantly, we do not compromise our safety or our environmental practices for the sake of production. Ethical, safe, and environmentally responsible behaviors are the backbone of our business.

Environmental Stewardship

Complying with all environmental regulations is our minimum standard. Doing better than the minimum and going beyond compliance is a driving force in our environmental programs. We aim to strategically reduce our environmental footprint and to be welcomed and respected by the communities that host our operations.

Protecting the Environment

Our environmental policy is based on an understanding that we have a responsibility to preserve the environment for future generations.

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Our Performance

We are tracking our progress on key performance metrics to minimize our environmental impacts: reducing direct and indirect emissions, implementing energy efficiency measures, optimizing our use of water, and reducing waste.

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ISO 14001:2015 Certified

Many of our facilities have obtained International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification. Our Environmental Management System (EMS) establishes procedures, assigns responsibility, monitors performance and enables us to anticipate and address potential impacts before they occur.

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Our Climate Change Commitment

Climate change is one of the most important issues impacting our planet and our industry. We publicly announced a commitment in January 2021 to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2030 from 2017 levels. This goal represents combined Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emission reductions on a mass basis combined across all of our operations.

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Reducing Energy Consumption

Energy plays a large role in our operations, impacting both the financial and environmental costs of making steel. As a large energy consumer in one of the most energy-intensive industries, we are implementing energy efficiency and green energy projects to reduce our footprint.

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