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Environment

We consistently avoid waste! Whether it’s consumables, energy or natural resources, we monitor the resource consumption and CO2 emissions of our processes and continuously optimise them wherever we can. We want to address increasing demands in a resource-efficient way.

We’re mindful of environmental concerns

As we go about our work, we keep a constant eye on environmental aspects and rectify any non-compliant practices as quickly as possible. We do this all the time, not just as part of our regular audits.

We expect the same high standards from our suppliers

We expect our suppliers and preferred partners to produce their goods in an environmentally friendly way. They must demonstrate that they have appropriate and effective management systems in place.

We have a long tradition of sustainability

Here at DKG, we have been focusing on sustainability, fostering partnership-based relationships with our employees, customers and suppliers, and optimising processes for over 265 years.

We are saving energy

Energy efficiency is an essential part of what we do. We implement energy-saving measures where possible and are increasingly using renewable energy sources.

We’re already carbon-neutral

Avoiding and reducing emissions is clearly our top priority. We have set ourselves ambitious climate targets with that in mind. However, despite the technology currently available for reducing emissions or even removing them from the atmosphere again, we are not yet in a position to completely avoid emissions. That’s why we’ve been fully offsetting all CO2 emissions from Scope 1 and 2 since the beginning of 2022. In cooperation with German non-profit organisation atmosfair, we run an offsetting service to support high-quality and certified Gold Standard renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, thus demonstrably compensating for the climate gases that would otherwise have been produced.



Green Steel



The term “green steel” has been on everyone’s lips in our industry for some time now. On closer inspection, however, it quickly becomes clear that up to now there has been no universally valid definition of what green steel is. The term currently refers to steel produced using less CO2. A similar picture emerges in the area of certification and labelling. Some manufacturers now label their steel with a green seal. However, since there is no uniform certification, it is difficult for consumers to make comparisons.

Our parent company Klöckner & Co SE has addressed this issue by developing a general definition based on the following factors: customer demand, the view of steel producers, technologies in steel production, and the GHG Protocol, which is the most widely used greenhouse gas accounting standard.

Thanks to this breakthrough, we can help our customers establish sustainable supply chains and achieve their sustainability goals.

Green steel: Klöckner & Co SE has defined six categories

The categories are distinguished by their different threshold values for the CO2 content generated in the production process.

Green Steel Categories
✔Methodology according to international standards The calculation method is based on the internationally recognized GHG Protocol
✔Emissions from raw material to production
Emissions include production (Scope 1), purchased power (Scope 2) & supply chain (Scope 3 Upstream)
✔No offsetting is included in the CO₂ load categorization (compensation data is given as a supplement)
The categorization is based on the emissions from physical production
Green Steel Balanced
Separate category for “balanced” green steel
Rebalancing emissions from steel produced in the same production facility results in a calculated rather than a physical CO₂ footprint – the separate category acknowledges players’ efforts to reduce the physical CO₂ footprint
Background to ‘balanced’
Steel that has followed the same production route physically has the same CO₂ footprint
In accounting, a conversion is sometimes carried out between steel quantities in tons of steel with a higher and lower CO₂ footprint