Cleaner manufacturing. Continually recycled. These are just two of the reasons why consumers feel comfortable driving a truck or SUV made with steel. When sustainability matters, nothing is as sure as steel.
When used in automotive applications, advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) help automakers reduce the total carbon footprint of a vehicle without compromising safety, performance or affordability.
Life Cycle Assessment (a scientific practice which accounts for a vehicle’s entire environmental impact by looking at impacts from every phase of a vehicle’s life) shows that steel vehicles generate fewer emissions than vehicles made from alternative materials, making steel the most environmentally effective choice for automakers.
More facts on steel’s sustainability:
• Steel is North America's most recycled material.
• Each year, more steel is recycled in the US than paper, plastic, aluminum and glass combined.
• Automobiles are the most recycled consumer product.
• Each year, the steel industry recycles more than 18 million tons of steel from cars that are no longer fit for the road. When comparing the amount of steel recycled from automobiles each year to the amount of steel used to produce new automobiles, automobiles maintain a recycling rate of nearly 100 percent.
Light, strong and sustainable – steel is everything you need it to be.