Two groups discuss ways to ensure the sustainability of steel in the global economy.
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel), in partnership with the China Iron and Steel Association, have held the First Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Steel Seminar in Beijing. The seminar is part of worldsteel’s focus to ensure the sustainability of steel in the economy and to advocate the vital role of life-cycle thinking as a precursor to a successful sustainable economy.
Discussions centered on the role of LCA in evaluating the sustainability of steel, with a particular focus on the automotive and construction sectors in China.
The event attracted nearly 100 participants from all sectors related to the steel industry, including steel-producing companies and their customers as well as government officials, academia and media. Presentations from the seminar are available at worldsteel.org.
According to Xiaogang Zhang, Worldsteel chairman and Ansteel president, “The Chinese steel industry recognizes the need for life-cycle assessment and the importance of considering all phases of a product cycle—production, manufacture, the use phase and end-of-life recycling and disposal—leading to a true picture of the environmental consequences of material choice. This makes LCA essential for the sustainable development of the Chinese economy. The seminar today showed the leadership of the steel industry in driving a more sustainable future and its commitment toward a greener economy.”
Edwin Basson, Worldsteel director general, says, “The World Steel Association is pleased to have this joint opportunity with CISA to engage with the Chinese steel industry and its customers. LCA is increasingly proposed as the basis for environmental regulation and standards worldwide and I am particularly impressed with the high level of interest and proactive participation from Chinese companies. Life cycle thinking is vital for a sustainable future.”
Worldsteel, which has undertaken a series of LCA initiatives, has developed a global sector databases for life cycle inventory data. The datasets provide the accurate and comprehensive data on the environmental profile of 16 key products, representative of the spectrum of steel production.