Environmental Commitment

At Algoma we take our environmental responsibilities seriously.  We are committed to conducting our business in a manner that ensures reasonable and responsible consideration is given to the protection of the environment.  We recognize the spirit and intent of all applicable government standards and regulations, and we will act responsibly, even in the absence of regulation.  All of our facilities are registered to the world-wide ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard.

Our commitment to the community’s well-being is very important to us.

Outreach & Reporting

Community Liaison Committee

Algoma has established a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) as a forum for exchanging relevant environmental information with the public.

Click here to review minutes and presentations of past CLC meetings.
Click here to review the Community Liaison Committee Terms of Reference.

Site Specific Standards Application Documents

Algoma Steel is applying for an amendment to their Site Specific Standards for the following emissions:

  1. Benzo(a)pyrene (B(a)P);
  2. Benzene; and
  3. Particulate matter

Algoma is also requesting a new Site Specific Standard for sulphur dioxide.

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Emergency Preparedness

Similar to other industrial facilities, Algoma Steel produces, uses, and transports chemicals that can be hazardous if released to the environment in the event of an emergency situation. For each of the regulated substances onsite, Algoma maintains Environmental Emergency Plans that would be implemented in the event of an emergency.



Algoma deploys a continuous improvement approach to reducing air emissions.  We have made great strides in the reduction of particulate emissions , having achieved a 65% reduction since 2002, and while efforts continue on this front, our current focus is on cokemaking emissions.

Algoma monitors air quality through two ambient air quality monitoring stations maintained by the company.


Algoma is a demonstrated partner in Canada’s commitment to the global reduction of greenhouse gases with a proven track record for reducing carbon emissions. Since 1993 we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 17%, even while increasing production 19%. This translates into an overall 54% reduction in our energy intensity per ton of steel and we continue to make strides towards further efficiencies.


Steel is the most recycled material in the world. Easily recovered with magnets, steel is 100% recyclable and can be recycled time and time again without loss of quality. Every steelmaking heat at Algoma contains scrap steel which we recycle through our manufacturing process for new end-use applications. In addition, we recycle or reuse over 80% of all waste materials generated through our operation.


Algoma maintains a consistent program to treat process water, ensuring the water we release back into the environment meets or exceeds all requirements as set out by the Ontario Ministry of Environment. In keeping with our commitment to conservation, we recycle 45% of our water, greatly reducing our one time consumption of this valued resource.


As a result of a comprehensive acoustic assessment, Algoma has developed a plan to reduce noise emissions from 11 sources throughout the steelworks.

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