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National Steel Company Ltd.: Pioneering Sustainable Steel Production in Saudi Arabia with ISO 50001 Certification from SGS

May 23, 2024

In a significant stride towards sustainable industrial practices, National Steel Company Ltd., operating under Al-Ittefaq Steel Products Co., has been awarded the ISO 50001 certification by SGS.

This certification underscores National Steel's commitment to continual improvement, compliance with regulatory requirements, and fosters credibility with stakeholders, thereby boosting competitiveness and fostering a culture of sustainability.

National Steel Pioneering Sustainable Steel Production in Saudi Arabia with ISO 50001 Certification from SGS

About National Steel Company Ltd. 

National Steel Company Ltd. is a prominent steel manufacturer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) known for its large-scale, integrated steel production facilities. Their production range encompasses reinforced steel bars, billets, DRI (Direct Reduced Iron), and various downstream steel products.

Why ISO 50001?

The decision to implement the ISO 50001 standard was driven by the company’s strategic commitment to enhancing organizational sustainability through efficient energy management.

The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system that can enhance energy efficiency in crucial areas, such as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Key Advantages of ISO 50001 Certification for National Steel Company Ltd.

Achieving ISO 50001 certification showcases National Steel Company Ltd.'s dedication to sustainable practices in energy management, with significant operational benefits including:

  • Enhanced Organizational Sustainability: Fostering a culture of energy efficient operations across the team.
  • Compliance with Regulatory Requirements: Streamlines processes to optimize energy usage effectively.
  • Minimized Environmental Impact: Saving energy allows to protect natural resources and mitigate climate change.
  • Cost Reduction: Lowers energy expenses through efficient practices.

Implementation and Audit: A Five Month Journey to ISO 50001 Certification

It took National Steel around five months to get ISO 50001 certified, facing challenges due to the standard being relatively unknown in the region. With strong dedication and thorough training, the company overcame these initial hurdles.

The SGS audit was crucial for National Steel, showing how strong their management systems were, especially in keeping records and following procedures. This thorough audit not only met compliance standards but also built more trust with stakeholders and improved the company's standing in the market.

SGS’s Energy Management Certification Solutions in Saudi Arabia

With a strong presence in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, SGS supports organizations in achieving ISO 50001 certification through comprehensive services that include training, gap assessments, and certification audits.

This certification is part of SGS’s broader commitment to promoting sustainable energy practices globally, helping businesses reduce energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and other environmental impacts.

The certification process by SGS was a learning curve. It enhanced our energy management practices and ensured adherence to stringent documentation and procedural standards.

Hakeem Dowla, General Manager Quality Assurance & Environment, National Steel Co.

Hakeem Dowla
This achievement sets a benchmark for the industry in the region, inspiring other companies to embark on similar journeys towards sustainable development.

Muhammad Waqas Ali, Business Assurance Manager, SGS Saudi Arabia

Muhammad Waqas Ali

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