Carpenter Technology is committed to protecting the environment and recognizes the need to minimize our impact through a managed sustainability program. Learn more about Carpenter Technology's environmental stewardship efforts below.
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Carpenter Technology's Board of Directors maintains overall responsibility for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) related matters, including climate-related risks and opportunities.
The ESG Steering Committee, which includes functional and business leaders, ensures the company's sustainability strategy is aligned across the enterprise and defines annual and midterm targets that inform our public reporting.
The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team oversees our environmental management system with technical experts in all facilities where we operate. The EHS team develops policies and protocols that establish our global standards for energy management, and greenhouse gas emissions, air emissions, waste, water, scrap metal recycling, sustainable sourcing, and training. In addition, the EHS team is responsible for ensuring we are complying with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Our Environmental Management System includes mechanisms to regularly evaluate environmental compliance and managing changes in business operations while assessing actual and potential environmental impacts. We actively monitor and manage: Greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, air emissions, waste management, water management, and sustainable sourcing.
Our reported environmental data cover all manufacturing operations. The data is tracked at the facility level and reported through the EHS team.
In 2022, Carpenter Technology received ISO14001 certification for our Reading, PA, Latrobe, PA, and Athens, AL facilities, representing the majority of our operations. Our Liverpool, UK facility, which produces iron, nickel, and titanium powders for the additive manufacturing industry, also received ISO14001 Certification.
To minimize our impact and mitigate risk on shared water resources, we implement best practices in water use while looking for ways to further reduce our water consumption.
Examples of water consumption and discharge reduction include:
We manage wastewater discharge in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit put in place by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All sites conduct routine monitoring of treated wastewaters and storm waters through sampling and analysis to ensure compliance with respective permits and limits.
By preventing waste in our manufacturing processes, we can reduce environmental risks nd operational costs. We track the amounts and types of waste generated by each facility an review audits of our third-party waste management partners.
In addition to waste reduction, we reuse or recycle as many byproducts as possible; for example, we reuse metal scrap in our melt operations. In 2021, we recycled 84% of all waste, including 100% of slag produced in our melt operations.
Our waste management approach ensures that all waste, including hazardous and nonhazardous waste, is disposed of in compliance with all federal and state hazardous waste management requirements, including the EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). We dispose of waste at approved Treatment, Storage or Disposal Facilities that have obtained proper environmental permits for disposal.
We closely monitor and report air emissions from our major manufacturing sites. Emissions tracked include GHGs, nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). All air emissions data is included in our latest SASB table found on our Sustainability Reporting page.
All manufacturing facilities strictly comply with applicable regulatory requirements regarding emissions limits and hold valid air permits where required. We have implemented many measures to reduce emissions, including dust, mist, and fume pollution capture and control systems. Efficiency is always a consideration during equipment repair and upgrades; for example, production furnaces are retrofitted with higher efficiency burners and other components. The use of volatile compounds, particularly related to degreasers such as trichloroethane (TCA), trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene or PCE), have been greatly reduced or eliminated.
We are committed to conducting our business in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner. We expect our suppliers, customers, and vendors around the world to operate in line with the values outlined in our Code of business Conduct and Ethics, Human Rights Policy, and Supplier Code of Conduct.
Carpenter Technology is proud to create products that contain as much recycled or reclaimed material as possible. We rely heavily on the use of reclaimed metal in our production of highly specialized metal alloys to reduce the need to procure carbon-intensive inputs:
We also source materials from suppliers that align with our sustainability mission to reduce environmental impact through carbon-neutral programs, including our main source of pure nickel.
We ensure materials used in our products are sourced in an ethical manner and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including the Security Exchange Commission's "Conflict Minerals" rules. In accordance with these rules, we do not purchase any mineral that may originate from Democratic Republic of the Congo or any other region that is not certified conflict free. For more information, see our Conflict Minerals Policy and Conflict Minerals Disclosures
To remain at the forefront of sustainable sourcing practices, we work with the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), a reputable third-party provider, to assess and validate conflict-free suppliers, including environmental sustainability and human rights.
RMI provides the following tools and resources to ensure our business remains compliant and in support of sustainable mineral supply chains:
In 2022, Carpenter Technology introduced a Supplier Code of Conduct requiring all suppliers and vendors to conduct their business with Carpenter Technology’s high ethical standards, respect for fundamental human rights based on internationally recognized standards, and respect for environmental practices in line with applicable environmental laws and regulations worldwide. We are engaging with our suppliers around these topics.