25.10.2012, Buenos Aires
than 90 representatives from across Latin America came together to look
at how Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) could be rolled out through the
steel industry in the region. LCA
provides a method of assessing the environmental impacts of a product
or material across the whole supply chain, from raw material extraction
to end of life recycling or disposal.
On 23 October
the World Steel Association (worldsteel) in partnership with Ternium
and Alacero, the Latin American Steel Association, held a seminar on
'The Life Cycle Assessment of steel and its impact on the value chain'
in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is the 2nd LCA and Steel Seminar of worldsteel's ongoing global LCA seminar series after the 1st seminar in Beijing in July this year.
focused on the importance of taking a life cycle approach to evaluating
environmental impacts throughout the steel value chain in different
market sectors. This comprehensive perspective is particularly important
to demonstrate the benefits of the recyclability of steel. The event
was attended by more than 90 participants including steel-producers,
customers, NGOs, regulators, academics and journalists.
Basson, Director General of worldsteel said: 'Only by assessing the use
of steel through all its phases can we truly understand the potential
environmental impacts of products. Life Cycle Assessment is the best
framework currently available to evaluate the full value chain
environmental impact. We are pleased to learn that the concept of LCA is
increasingly used in regulations and standards worldwide and that it
has become a vital element to be taken into account for material
decision making in product design'.
Novegil, CEO of Ternium said;'In line with Ternium's environmental
policy we support an open dialogue with all interested parties to take
on the challenge of minimising the environmental impact of steel
products over the whole life cycle. Steel contributes to sustainable
development and has proved to be an environmentally virtuous material
versus the alternatives in the automotive industry, construction and
Mantilla, president of Argentine Chamber of Exporters said 'It is
important to include life cycle thinking into the sustainability
strategies of Latin America. We need to understand the value of steel
products as being part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
In competition with other materials, steel has clear potential
advantages when considering social and economic aspects in addition to
the environmental impacts of products.'
has undertaken a series of LCA initiatives. It has developed one of the
first global sector databases for life cycle inventory data. The
datasets provide the most accurate and comprehensive data on the
environmental profile of 15key products, representative of the spectrum
of steel production. worldsteelhas also been a sponsor of the United
Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Life Cycle Initiative (LC Ini)
Presentations from the seminar are available at worldsteel.org. Photos are available on the worldsteel Flickr page: click here.
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Notes to Editors:
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most
dynamic industry associations in the world. worldsteel represents
approximately 170 steel producers (including 17 of the world's 20
largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry
associations, and steel research institutes. worldsteel members
represent around 85% of world steel production.
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