Brussels - The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has released its 2010 global steel life cycle inventory (LCI). The datasets provide the most accurate and comprehensive data on the environmental profile of 16 key products, representative of the spectrum of steel production. The LCI datasets are used for material selection and product design. They are available free of charge to everyone, from worldsteel members and customers to researchers, life cycle assessment (LCA) practitioners and policymakers.
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The 16 key steel products are used in a broad spectrum of industries from construction, automotive and shipbuilding to home appliances, machinery and packaging. The data represents the different steelmaking technologies from around the world.
"The steel industry recognises the importance of life cycle assessment studies because increasingly they serve as the basis for environmental legislation and voluntary initiatives. Consequently, it has never been more important to have true representations of the environmental impact of a product or material, and the release of the 2010 LCI data continues our commitment to provide a major tool for society to design and use products with a lower carbon footprint," said Ian Christmas, Director General of the World Steel Association.
The worldsteel database is the benchmark standard for life cycle information on steel because it is obtained directly from the steel producers worldwide and is based on a critically reviewed methodology. The procedures of LCA are part of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14040 series. The new datasets have been developed with advanced modelling software and show the effects of the global recyclability of steel.
The data can be obtained through worldsteel's LCA/LCI contact form on worldsteel.org. Quelle: World Steel Association (worldsteel)