Climate action programme

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The worldsteel Climate Action Recognition Programme recognises steel producers that have fulfilled their commitment to participate in the worldsteel CO2 emissions data collection programme.

In 2008, Climate Action was launched, under which companies report data on site- or company-level CO2 emissions. A participating company or site receives a report showing the process route average emission data and range to which it can compare itself.

The data collection programme is at the core of the steel industry's global steel sectoral approach to climate change. Based on a common methodology, definitions and agreed boundaries, the data collection programme enables individual steel plants to compare themselves against both average and best performance and identify its scope for improvement.

Participation is open to all steel-producing sites or companies, worldsteel members and non-members alike.


Recognition can be obtained at a corporate level or at a site level as long as data has been received for more than 90% of total crude steel production.

The data must be complete, verifiable and approved for each year of collection. The collection process is overseen by worldsteel staff and verified by a panel of experts who review all submissions against standardised parameters and guidelines.

The data is held in the strictest confidence and will be known only to the company or site itself and worldsteel project staff. A participating company or site will receive a report showing the process route average emission data and range to which it can compare itself.

The recognition scheme is governed by the worldsteel Board of Directors.

The aim of the climate action project is to collect and report CO2 emissions data on a site-by-site basis to give an overall emission intensity for the production of steel at that site, irrespective of the final products that are being made.

A secure database for data collection

The methodology that is used has now been published as an International standard, ISO 14404:2013 - Calculation method of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production. This consists of two parts: Part 1: Steel plant with blast furnace and Part 2: Steel plant with electric arc furnace (EAF). This is an intensity-based approach for the measurement of CO2 emissions.

This globally consistent methodology will allow production to be normalised CO2 emission comparisons between sites (regions or countries are not relevant only business practices have an impact).

Involvement in the CO2 data collection initiative is not exclusive to worldsteel members only, and non-members can use the system. Data is collected in an online tool and is hosted externally on dedicated servers with ISO 27001 accreditation.

How the data will be used

worldsteel keeps the data secure and confidential and is only reported to those that contribute and reports will not be published apart from global averages for the entire industry or processes. The aim of the project is to obtain a base level of emissions for the industry for the two key process streams.

The data collection methodology and standard is designed to ensure that sites report emissions use the same boundaries and parameters. Once data is reported back to the member companies they can develop their own plan to make reductions in emissions and obtain a level closer to the best in class. worldsteel can develop a global impact for the industry on the total emissions both for CO2 and GHG. The IEA report for CO2 emissions from fossil fuels is used to determine the global uprising of CO2 and GHG.

Climate Action certificate and branding

Any company or site that takes part in the data collection programme can apply for a certificate from worldsteel by writing to worldsteel Director, Industry Excellence, Henk Reimink (

A certificate of recognition will be issued following the approval of data.

The certificate allows the recipient to use the special Climate Action Member logo on any of their materials, for example, letterhead, other stationery items, publications, and marketing and advertising materials. If a company displays the logo or copy of their certificate on their website, they should link it to

The recognition period is for two years (2017-2018), for the data collection period of 2016. If the company or site no longer submits approved data to the programme, they must cease using the logo in any shape or form.

Climate Action logo

Climate Action logo