ISO 14001:2004 Certification

In March, 2010, Aperam BioEnergia received its ISO 14001:2004 Certificate.Chapada das Cabras (2)

This standard determines the elements which must guide an environmental management system implementation or improvement process.

The ISO 14001:2004 Certification attests the efficiency of Aperam BioEnergia’s Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS systematizes best practices that have been tested, deployed and perfected by the Company throughout its history. It represents a “compass” which guides Aperam BioEnergia in its relationship with nature and surrounding communities, minimizing all types of environmental impacts.

In order to attain this certificate, Aperam BioEnergia trained its employees and established work rules and standards during 2006. In December, the Company was visited by auditors of the Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI) – a certification organ which evaluates management models.

The audit analyzed requirements such as: adherence to the environmental legislation; updated diagnostics of environmental aspects and impacts of Company activities; procedures, standards and action plans adopted by Aperam BioEnergia in order to eliminate or reduce environmental impacts; and the propagation of management principles among Company employees, collaborators and suppliers.