Sustainable Steel

 Sustainable Steel Sustainability, or sustainable development, is aimed at improving the quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. It encompasses environmental, economic and social dimensions, as well as the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. Steels are alloys based on iron. Depending on the desired properties – such as strength, ductility, and stiffness – a multitude of other elements can be present in small amounts. The variety of steels is not only defined by chemical composition, but also by a variety of micro structures on a nano and sub-nano scale. This leads to an impressive range of achievable properties and ensures that there is much scope to continue developing new, innovative, lightweight and high-strength steels. Steel’s combination of strength, recyclability, availability, versatility and affordability makes it a unique material. While the steel industry is energy and carbon intensive, significant progress has been made to reduce steelmaking impacts on the environment. Steel’s versatility and recyclability have also brought about countless innovative steel applications that, when seen from a product life cycle perspective, provide savings that neutralise and often far outweigh the initial material production impacts. Steel is everywhere in our lives and is at the heart of our sustainable future. It is at the core of a green economy, in which economic growth and environmental responsibility work hand in hand. The steel industry of present day promotes zero waste, reduces the amount of materials used, and encourages the reuse and recycling of materials, all fundamental advantages of using steel. This offers a markedly different approach and outcome to the “take, make, consume and dispose” economic model which the world has been used to. Present day steel industry believes that sustainable development must meet the needs of the present...