Selected from a field of 284 nominees across 35 categories, New Zealand Steel was shortlisted with two other companies in the Large Business Leadership category.
In a media release, President Simon Linge said: “New Zealand Steel is a company that was founded on innovation and continuously looks for innovative ways to lighten our environmental footprint. For example we generate 60% of our own energy requirements through a co-generation plant powered by waste gases, and have a pilot plant on our site for Auckland-based biofuel pioneer company LanzaTech."
New Zealand Steel also diverts about 350,000 tonnes a year of production waste for use as an alternative to quarry-mined aggregates.
Other environmental measures include reusing all stormwater from the 190 hectare Glenbrook site and recirculating approximately 98% of water obtained offsite in other processes.
“Our ambition is to minimise our environmental footprint as we strive to make New Zealand strong. We are pleased to have been recognised for our efforts,” Mr Linge said.