Ed Heath-Whyte
Head of Environment and Sustainability
LIBERTY Steel Group UK


Liberty Steel Group’s CN30 ambitions and sustainability initiatives.

An examination of Liberty Steel Group’s CN30 ambitions and sustainability initiatives at its plants in Rotherham and Stocksbridge in the United Kingdom, which are supported by BEIS/Innovate UK’s The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The presentation will also touch upon some of the new sustainable product lines coming out of South Yorkshire, such as GreBar, which is rebar made from recycled steel.


Ed serves as head of environment and sustainability for LIBERTY Steel Group UK and is a qualified engineer with over 37 years of experience in the UK manufacturing sector.

Ed’s career started in 1983 as an apprentice technician in process planning at the Austin Rover Car Plant in Cowley, Oxford. He made the move to South Yorkshire in 1990 to embark on what has turned in to a 30 year association with the steel industry.

Ed has held a variety of positions with steel companies across South Yorkshire, starting with British Stainless Steel before moving to IMI Yorkshire Alloys and Avesta Sheffield. Ed took up a role as engineering manager with Outokumpu in 2000 before joining what was then TATA Steel’s operation in Rotherham in 2005.

Since 2009, Ed has been a senior energy and environmental affairs manager for TATA before taking on the role of head of environment and sustainability with LIBERTY when they acquired TATA’s Stocksbridge and Rotherham plants in 2017.

Ed is also chairman and company secretary at The Steel Valley Project Ltd, a community interest company. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), a Chartered Environmentalist, and ex-Chair of the Sheffield City Region Low Carbon Sector Group.