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Steel in the circular economy: A life cycle perspective

PDF download | 2015 | EN,CN

The steel industry is an integral part of the global circular economy which promotes zero waste, a reduction in the amount of materials used, and encourages the reuse and recycling of materials. These are all fundamental advantages of steel.


This publication demonstrates that steel enables a sustainable society, through a circular economy, accounting for the full life cycle of steel products.

It highlights the need for legislators and industry decision-makers to take a full life cycle approach before making legislative or manufacturing material decisions. Taking a life cycle approach is the only way to establish the true environmental impact of a product.

Case studies from around the world are used to show how this is being carried out on a practical basis.

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