The challenges of achieving sustainability

by The Times 100 on Tuesday 29th November, 2011

Tata Steel

Final plans for a £120m biomass power plant to be built in South Yorkshire have been unveiled.  Energy firm E.on said it would use recycled waste wood from the UK to power the plant which will generate up to 30 megawatts of electricity – enough to power 40,000 homes.  E.on said that the plant would create about 30 jobs when it became operational in mid 2014.

The company promised that ‘as far as is possible’ it would use local companies throughout the construction of the energy plant.  E.on also said it would establish a community benefits fund worth up to £25,000 a year to support local projects throughout the lifetime of the plant. (BBC, 14th November 2011)

This initiative by E.on demonstrates the increasing focus businesses are placing on tackling the challenges of sustainability, which affect all stakeholders.  Tata Steel, one of the largest steel producers in Europe, is committed to taking a long-term view of meeting these challenges to benefit its customers, shareholders, employees, the environment and the communities in which it operates.

Tata Steel’s approach looks at the use of new technology and sustainable practices but more importantly, takes into account ‘life-cycle thinking’, that is, assessing not just how products are made and used but also disposed of.  Tata Steel is promoting this approach to reinforce the fact that, as steel is completely recyclable, in many cases it may be the most environmentally-friendly material. Click here for lesson resources

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