STEEL IN A BETTER FUTURE

Steel is arguably one of the most sustainable materials available.

It underpins everything in our lives from the coffee machine and stainless steel drinking bottle to fridges, cars, ships, trains, energy and water infrastructure, buildings – and much more.

Steel has multiple sustainability benefits such as:

STEEL IS THE IDEAL
‘CIRCULAR ECONOMY’ MATERIAL

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100% OF STEEL INDUSTRY CO-PRODUCTS CAN BE USED

  • Slag is used in cement, road construction, fertilisers and hydraulic engineering
  • Process gases are used to produce heat and/or electricity – New Zealand Steel’s plant at Glenbrook generates around 60% of its own electricity on site
  • Emulsions and oils are used as reducing agents
  • Iron oxides and zinc are recovered from dust and sludges
  • Chemicals are used as inputs for the chemical industry

STEEL IS SAFE, STRONG AND LOW-WASTE

  • Steel can be engineered to precise specifications resulting in minimal on-site wastage.
  • Steel is non-toxic, minimising health and safety risks

ALMOST EVERY GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION TECHNOLOGY RELIES ON STEEL

  • Solar
  • Hydroelectric
  • Geothermal
  • Wind

STEEL, THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND A LOW-EMISSIONS FUTURE

Moving to a low-emissions economy is the right thing to do now and for future generations.

New Zealand’s steel industry has a role to play because steel is fundamental to a new style of economy that underpins a more sustainable and low-emissions future – the circular economy.

In a circular economy society reduces the burden on nature by ensuring resources remain in use for as long as possible through use, reuse, remanufacture and recycling.

The Ministry for the Environment’s waste programme aims to transition New Zealand to a circular economy and is working with the global Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate that.

Steel is fundament to the circular economy, a permanent material that can be reused and recycled infinitely.

We have the opportunity to work together and with government to accelerate the circular economy.

The SSC’s work focus is to help establish systems and tools that will enable businesses to action the circular economy through improving sustainability through the entire supply chain from steelmaking, manufacture and construction to reuse, remanufacture and recycling.

STEEL AND THE LIVING STANDARDS FRAMEWORK

Our mission is to enhance the industry’s contribution to New Zealanders’ standard of living under Treasury’s Living Standards Framework.

This requires the industry to deliver across the four capitals: human, social, financial/Infrastructure and natural.

We are already doing this in several ways. The steel industry generates jobs and contributes to the economy as part of the metals manufacturing sector, which currently provides almost 30,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generates around $3.3 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) each year.