Minimizing the Life Cycle Impact of North American Steel

Steel is integral to a modern society that has a high quality of life. From the cars we drive, to the bridges we cross, packing the foods we eat, the appliances we use to the buildings that we live and work in. All of these steels will be recycled and re-appear as even better products ensuring a safe and secure future.

Recycling is the connection of steel’s sustainability. Steel is infinitely recyclable, which means it can be recycled over and over with no loss of performance.

As, more and more attention is being given to the life cycle impact of materials there is a renewed focus on the Life Cycle Assessment for consumer goods. Whether it’s the cans we eat from or the cars we drive, the impact of material production matters.

Steel Uses Less Energy To Make and Has Lower Emissions Than Aluminum

 Energy GJ/tGlobal Warming
Potential t-CO2 eq/t
SO2 eq kg/t
Aluminum* 155 11.06 50.43
Steel** 21.6 2.01 5.118

*Aluminum Association website--"Life Cycle Impact of Aluminum Beverage Cans
**WorldSteel Association Life Cycle Assessment Global Hot Rolled Coil