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Sustainability is the driving force behind EMR's business strategy. As one of the world's foremost recycling companies, our vision is to be the global leader in the provision of sustainable materials.

EMR is a progressive company, constantly striving to be a better partner to clients, employees, communities and the environment. Our commitment to sustainability, as part of our environmental, social and governance (ESG) values, means clients now see us as a critical part of their closed-loop business goals.


Meticulous planning and a commitment to proactively confront challenges are integral to EMR's approach to corporate sustainability.

We have developed a unique long-term sustainability plan, Our Decade of Action, which sets us apart from our competitors. We embrace regulatory frameworks, fiscal policies and support structures as part of our own sustainability plan.

Global scale:

By practising the most economical and environmentally advanced methods of metal recycling, we aim to achieve on a global scale:

  • The highest possible recycling rates;

  • The lowest waste generation rates per tonne of product produced (%);

  • The lowest greenhouse gas emissions per tonne (tCO2e/Tonne) of material produced.

How do we do this?

  • By continuing to develop and implement procedures to improve and more accurately measure and monitor our methods of operation

  • By setting long-term targets (over decades) that specifically address challenges

  • By developing plans with each business area to meet these targets

  • By building on our achievements

For every tonne of recycled metal used in the production of carbon steel, the steel industry saves an average of 1.67 tCO2e compared to production from ores. For stainless steel waste, this figure rises to 4.3 tCO2e per tonne of scrap.


Environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards are a set of values for a company's operations.

Following the global trend for businesses to align themselves with firms who share their ESG goals, we regard the close partnerships with our customers as a valuable and productive meeting of minds.

At EMR, we add real benefit to our clients' ESG credentials, lowering their carbon emissions through our efficient and progressive methods of waste recycling.


  • Our heavy reliance on machinery and transportation pushes us to continually invest in new technology and systems that minimize our own carbon emissions by reducing road vehicle traffic and using machinery efficiently.

  • EMR supports the UK government's environmental targets by aiming to be net carbon neutral across Scope 2 GHG emissions* by 2030 and committing to increasing energy productivity by 15%, as well as achieving net-zero carbon-built infrastructure.

  • Due to the sheer scale and capability of our operations, the amount of material we recycle already has a hugely positive impact on CO2 emissions, compared with the use of virgin goods.

In 2019, our UK operations saved approximately 4.5Mt of CO2 – the total average emissions for a city with a population of 600,000!


  • Communities: We recognize our vital role in society and within our communities: we don’t just talk about recycling; we make it happen! By supporting local causes, volunteering and investing in a local workforce, we deliver social value through education, awareness and empowerment programmes. Find out more about our Social Responsibility here.

  • Our people: A responsible working culture forms the bedrock of EMR's success. We consistently attract the best people in the industry due to our hard-earned reputation for being a sustainable, progressive company and a global authority on recycling.

    Fostering a culture of visible and accessible leadership, great career prospects and a commitment to training and mentoring, EMR employs talented people who care about the business and the jobs they do. We empower them to innovate and to embrace change and the opportunities it can afford.

Find out more about our culture and values here.


  • Safety, health, environmental and quality standards are the cornerstones of EMR's sustainable approach. We endeavour to protect our people, customers, suppliers and communities. Our internal systems and processes are designed to operate to OHSAS18001 for safety, ISO 14001 for our environmental responsibilities and ISO 9001 for quality.
*Scope 2 – Indirect Emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation. Emissions are created during the production of the energy and eventually used by the organisation.


Contact our Media Team to find out more about our ESG values and Sustainable Business Strategy.