worldsteel releases new global data on the environmental performance of steel

04 September 2017 Brussels, Belgium

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has released its 2017 global and regional steel life cycle inventory (LCI) data. The datasets provide the most accurate and comprehensive data on the environmental profile of 16 key products.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCI)

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 LCI data can be used by our customers in life cycle assessment (LCA) studies for material decision making and product design. The data enables a full life cycle approach to be utilised when determining the environmental impact of steel-containing products, including their carbon and water footprints.

The worldsteel database is the global benchmark standard for life cycle data on steel because it is obtained directly from steel producers worldwide, follows international standards on LCA and undergoes thorough data checks.

The data is available free of charge on request via For further information, please contact Clare Broadbent, Head, Product Sustainability, at

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Notes to Editors:

  • LCA is used for the systematic evaluation of the environmental impact of a product or material. The key aspect of this tool is a review through all the stages of a product’s life from raw materials extraction, product manufacture to product use and eventual disposal or recycling.
  • *The 16 key products are hot-rolled coil, cold-rolled coil, pickled hot-rolled coil, finished cold-rolled coil, hot-dip galvanised coil, electro-galvanised coil, tinplate, electrolytic-chromium-coated steel, organic coated steel, UO pipe, welded pipe, reinforcing bar, sections, plate engineering steel and wire rod.
  • The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world. worldsteel members represent approximately 85% of the world's steel production, including over 160 steel producers with 9 of the 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.
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