Since 2008 Gerdau, leading long steel producer in the Americas and one of the primary suppliers of special steels in the world, has invested more than R$ 1 billion in environmental preservation projects. With industrial operations in 14 countries, the Company manages global actions to enhance its sustainability practices and efficiency in the use of natural resources through the Environmental Management System (EMS).Notable among Gerdau environmental projects over the last five years are initiatives to increase the recirculation rate of water and wastewater - with 2 trillion liters of water reused by the Company in 2012, and greater re-use of Gerdau by-products generated in Brazil, which saw an 80% rise last year. Also worthy of note are projects geared to control of emissions and modernization of dust-suppression systems which capture solid particles generated in the steel production process, thereby enabling their re-use.About GerdauGerdau is the leader in the segment of long steel in the Americas and one of the main suppliers of special long steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries — in the Americas, Europe, and Asia — which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and in the world, and transforms each year millions of tons of scrap steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York, and Madrid and has over 130,000 shareholders.