Today’s steel has adapted itself to the needs of sustainable economies and is stronger, lighter and less carbon-intensive than ever before. Once produced, it is a genuinely renewable resource. With our innovations, steel is creating products that a sustainable world needs: lighter weight cars and packaging, low-carbon buildings and energy generation, water treatment plants, public transport systems and flood defences.
Nonetheless, steelmaking is a resource-intensive process. We are committed to improving the environmental impacts of this through process innovation, good management and investment. In this way we can create value not only for our customers, but for our communities and the world around us.
The sustainability of steel
The demands of a more sustainable world mean that steel must be sustainable. This is influenced by three levers: the environmental impacts steel has in production, the impacts it has in use, and the amount of steel products society consumes per head of population. ArcelorMittal’s response is focused first and foremost on directly influencing the first two of these levers, the impact of steelmaking and the functional efficiency of steel. The third concerns choices that society makes, something we are concerned with indirectly, through our contributions to society’s understanding of the true impact of steel. We think there are four ways in which we can create sustainable value through steel.
- Creating products that reduce sustainability impacts in use, such as advanced high strength steel for vehicles and solutions for low carbon buildings.
- Creating infrastructure for sustainable economies, such as water treatment facilities and flood defences.
- Improving the immediate impact of our production processes, such as innovating the steelmaking process, investing in de-dusting equipment and energy efficiency programmes.
- Promoting the lifecycle approach to evaluating the sustainability impact of materials, through modelling, environmental product labelling and research to improve scrap recovery rates.
You can read about how we are creating value in these ways in the relevant pages of this Making steel more sustainable section. Or you can click through to the relevant page as you read about our progress in 2013 in the table below.
2013 Progress at a glance
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