ArcelorMittal Canada is part of the world’s largest steel and mining company. In Canada, we have seven business segments across two provinces and one territory, with more than 9,500 employees working in our mining, steelmaking, automotive tailored blanks and tubular operations.
Our Canada 2015 Sustainable Development Report is a key part of our commitment to transparency and open dialogue with our stakeholders and is a complement to ArcelorMittal’s global reporting (learn more at annualreview2015.arcelormittal.com). In 2014, we identified 10 sustainable development outcomes to help us achieve our goal of sustainability leadership — by defining the kind of company we want to be. We will create value as we progress against these outcomes. Our new Sustainable Development framework also helps us secure the commercial success of our business in the medium term, while contributing to solving the world’s sustainable development challenges in the long term. This is good for society, good for our stakeholders and good for us. We are pleased to provide our 2015 Sustainable Development Report against these 10 Outcomes, along with Transparent Good Governance providing a foundation.
With more than 9,500 direct employees, ArcelorMittal also creates nearly 40,000 additional indirect jobs. Our Canadian operations distributed $1.367B in direct economic value in 2015 (employee wages and benefits) and made investments of $2.1M in our communities. We produced 28.7 million metric tonnes of iron ore and 5.5 million metric tonnes of steel used in the automotive, construction, packaging and energy markets, along with more than 100,000 metric tonnes of tubular steel products for the automotive and energy markets and more than 2.4 million welded blanks used in the automotive market.
As the following report sets out, 2015 brought several notable accomplishments for our Canadian units, but also challenges. In 2015, we sadly experienced a fatality in Canada at Baffinland, our Joint Venture Mary River Mining Project. Though we maintained our lost time injury (LTI) rate over 2014, we are striving to do better. We reported a combined LTI rate for employees and contractors of .61 per million hours worked in 2015, the same rate as in 2014.
Areas of great focus for both our steel and mining units are energy consumption and C0² emissions. For our Mining units, we are pleased to report a reduction in energy intensity per tonne of both concentrate and pellets. In addition, our steelmaking units report a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 1.16kg/t in 2014 to 1.08kg/t in 2015.
We continue to focus on energy management, and reported a reduction of 479,178 Giga Joules as a result of conservation and efficiency initiatives at our facilities and in partnership with the Independent Electricity System Operator in Ontario and the Quebec Ministries of Energy and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Conservation projects focus on reusing energy from one part of the process to another, utilising alternate fuels and installing newer and more efficient equipment. In general, we are extremely focused on finding efficiencies — not only does it reduce our environmental impact, but it also makes our business more productive and sustainable.
Steel is part of the fabric of modern life, and we couldn’t live the way we do without it. Buildings, roads, bridges, railways, cars and many domestic appliances simply wouldn’t exist without steel as a component. Steel is one of the world’s most sustainable materials because it’s strong, flexible and can be endlessly recycled. Innovative steel products are helping to reduce carbon emissions in vehicles and buildings, construct smarter cities and generate renewable energy. But steel faces challenges too: we have to find ways to make the mining and steelmaking processes more sustainable, energy efficient and less carbon intensive.
As the world’s largest steel and mining company, we have a particular opportunity — and responsibility — to lead the way in ensuring steel fulfils its potential as an essential material of the future. We have the power to make a positive difference to our stakeholders and shareholders, as well as society as a whole. In order to do this, we need to address the risks and opportunities arising from social and environmental trends across our operations. We must also use our knowledge of the impacts of our steel products to persuade our customers — and their consumers — to make and choose products that are more sustainable. By doing this, we will ensure that the steel we make becomes the material of choice for a sustainable future.
Sean Donnelly President and Chief Executive Officer ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P
Pierre Lapointe President and Chief Executive Officer ArcelorMittal Mining Canada G.P
Sujit Sanyal Chief Executive Officer ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada G.P
Edward Vore CEO, Mechanical Automotive North America ArcelorMittal Tubular Products
Todd Baker President ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks
Brian Penney Chief Executive Officer Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.