ArcelorMittal has become a member of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt (IBU) – the Institute of Construction and the Environment.
Joining the IBU gives ArcelorMittal reliable, worldwide recognition of the sustainability credentials of its steel products for the construction industry.
IBU specialises in the sustainability labelling of construction products and materials. Based in Germany, IBU is one of the most renowned Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) programme operators, recognised worldwide for its reviewers’ expertise and providing mutual recognition with a large number of other labelling schemes and operators.
EPDs are increasingly required by companies working in and supplying to the construction industry. They are based on a life cycle assessment of a product, and include detailed information on its potential environmental impact. “In order to provide a comprehensive sustainability assessment for a construction project, transparency is important, which means having all the relevant data. This is what EPDs offer”, explains Anne-Laure Hettinger, head of global R&D sustainability department.
EPDs have already been done for ArcelorMittal’s steel reinforced bars and are underway for sheet piles. “The company is already planning to create further EPDs for structural beams, road safety barriers and coated coils”, adds Roberto Turconi, ArcelorMittal sustainability engineer responsible for construction.
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Read IBU press release announcing ArcelorMittal as new member
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