POSCO Symbol of Environmental Soundness

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), December 29, 1999 | Go to article overview

POSCO Symbol of Environmental Soundness


Take your pick. Pohang or Kwangyang. They are just about the same when it comes to how environmentally sound the manufacturing facilities of Pohang Iron and Steel Co. (POSCO) are.

Walking through the lush greenery at either of the two steel works, it is difficult to imagine that they are designed to produce the iron and steel or international standards that they do.

In fact, because of the many aspects of the two giant plants, like the schools and residential properties for employees and their families, that does not directly have to do with steelmaking, one has to look hard to find the mills.

A recent visit to Kwangyang by a team from the Korea Britain Society moved an official of the British Embassy to say how impressed she was with the 3 million trees, among other environment-related things, planted there.

Naturally, the environment that POSCO has set up at the steel works did not come without concerted efforts and funds that are so astronomical that it is difficult to accurately estimate.

And what money could not buy or get POSCO developed on its own or learned from other companies to live up to its commitment to leave a sound environment to the next generation.

It is like the green card system and the installation of ultra-modern water treatment facilities. And the maximization of recycling to ensure that the use of resources in the environment is minimized.

As part of these efforts, Pohang Works introduced the green card system in January of this year to systematically protect the greenery at its manufacturing facilities.

Under the system, a green card is issued to those who carelessly damage trees or grasses while carrying out their job. Those who store materials within the green area for an unnecessarily long period also receive one.

Those who received a green card must immediately take corrective measures, which are counted in the evaluation of environmental management performance of the department they belong to.

Such innovative systems are the essence of the spirit of protecting the environment at POSCO. ```Among the biggest challenges we face as we head into the new millennium are environmental pollution and resources depletion. …

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