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AMG is committed to achieving the highest standards of safety and environmental conduct at all of its manufacturing facilities and producing materials that help its customers to minimize negative environmental impact.

Two aspects of sustainable development remain central to AMG’s business. The first involves servicing the green economy, acting as a key link in the supply chain for the solar, nuclear, advanced materials and recycling industries, each of which will play a vital role in addressing the ongoing challenges of climate change, waste reduction and pollution elimination. At the same time AMG is committed to measuring and minimizing the environmental footprint associated with its own manufacturing operations.

Carbon Footprint – Primary vs Secondary 

 The carbon footprint assessment considers AMG’s manufacture of ferrovanadium, where it acquires vanadium from a secondary source and compares this with the manufacture of a generic ferrovanadium product, where the vanadium is supplied from a primary source.  The assessment also considers the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation benefits achieved from the use of vanadium in steel alloys, compared with standard steel alloys.

The goal of this study was to conduct a streamlined cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of AMG’s ferrovanadium product, which is manufactured from secondary sources of vanadium, compared with ferrovanadium manufactured from primary sources of vanadium.  The carbon footprint is consistent with the international standards on LCA (ISO 14040:2006 and ISO 14044:2006) and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Life Cycle and Accounting Standard.

Mitigating

 The Carbon footprint of primary ferrovanadium is five times greater than that of AMG’s secondary ferrovanadium product.

For the primary ferrovanadium route, vanadium content in the ore is just 0.98% whereas the vanadium content in spent catalyst used by AMG Vanadium is 8-15%.  This means to produce 1 kg of vanadium, considerably less feedstock must be processed for the secondary ferrovanadium route than for the primary ferrovanadium route, which will have a significant impact on the carbon footprint.

Enabling

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The use of vanadium in steel alloys improves the tensile strength of the steel, which results in 25.9% less (by mass) of vanadium steel used compared with standard carbon steel for the equivalent function.  This means that for the equivalent functionality of 1 kg of standard carbon steel rebar, only 0.741 kg of vanadium steel rebar is required.

Global Reporting Initiative

We are a registered Organizational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and support the mission of the GRI to develop globally accepted sustainability reporting guidelines through a global, multi-stakeholder process.

Globral Reporting

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

We support EITI, a global initiative to improve governance in resource-rich countries through the verification and full publication of company payments and government revenues from oil, gas and mining.

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

United Nations Global Compact

We commit our support to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

United Nations Global Compact

AMG submitted its first Communication On Progress (“COP”) to the United Nations in April 2012. The COP can be accessedhere

Conflict Materials

Conflict Materials

AMG is committed to achieving the highest standards of conduct with respect to its production of materials for its customers. Our conflict materials statement can be accessedhere.

Code of Conduct

 The carbon footprint assessment considers AMG’s manufacture of ferrovanadium, where it acquires vanadium from a secondary source and compares this with the manufacture of a generic ferrovanadium product, where the vanadium is supplied from a primary source.  The assessment also considers the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation benefits achieved from the use of vanadium in steel alloys, compared with standard steel alloys.

The goal of this study was to conduct a streamlined cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of AMG’s ferrovanadium product, which is manufactured from secondary sources of vanadium, compared with ferrovanadium manufactured from primary sources of vanadium.  The carbon footprint is consistent with the international standards on LCA (ISO 14040:2006 and ISO 14044:2006) and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Life Cycle and Accounting Standard.