The North American Steel Industry Celebrates The Sustainability And Superior Recycling Attributes Of Steel

 The North American Steel Industry Celebrates The Sustainability And Superior
                        Recycling Attributes Of Steel

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The 43-year-old annual Earth Day
observance is an opportunity for individuals and organizations around the
world to become "part of the solution" when it comes to protecting the planet.
With its long-standing commitment to sustainable products and practices, the
North American steel industry plays an integral role in making the planet
safer, cleaner and greener.

"The steel industry has invested billions of dollars in new technologies over
the past two decades that have reduced energy consumption and CO[2] emissions
while also increasing recycling," Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the
American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), said. "Steel's recycling rate stands
at 92 percent - meaning steel almost never goes to waste. Its ability to be
continually repurposed and reused goes far beyond the capability of other
materials."

"Steel is integral to a modern society that enjoys a high quality of life, as
we do in America. From the cars we drive to the bridges we cross, steel plays
an essential role," Lawrence W. Kavanagh, president of the Steel Market
Development Institute (SMDI), said. "Steel also provides safe packaging for
the foods we eat, is a central material in the appliances we use and is the
framing structure for the buildings in which we live and work. All of these
steels will be recycled and re-appear as even better products, ensuring a safe
and secure future."

Steel contributes in many ways to the well-being of people and the planet:

  oSteel construction products are represented in all major green building
    standards and rating programs, including the International Green
    Construction Code (IgCC), the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700)
    for residential buildings, ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for commercial
    construction, and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in
    Energy and Environmental Design) program;
  oLightly colored, more reflective metal roofs save up to 40 percent in
    cooling energy. Highly emissive metal roofs can lower urban air
    temperatures, resulting in reduced smog formation;
  oThe installation of modular prefabricated short span steel bridges allows
    for faster construction, smaller crews, lighter equipment and less impact
    on the environment;
  oSteel utility distribution poles can increase the reliability of a
    utility's distribution system while offering lower overall life cycle
    costs;
  oHighways constructed with steel-reinforced concrete pavement provide a
    rigid surface that reduces rolling resistance, resulting in better fuel
    economy for motorists;
  oThe use of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) can reduce a vehicle's
    structural weight by as much as 39 percent and can cut total life cycle
    CO[2] emissions by up to 70 percent more than any other automotive
    material;
  oAHSS, coupled with anticipated engine and powertrain advances, allows
    automakers to meet stringent future fuel economy regulations without use
    of greenhouse gas intensive alternative materials;
  oWith its recycling, reusability and package integrity, steel is clearly
    the preferred material for the packaging industry. Steel cans are the most
    recycled package and are more energy efficient than their frozen
    counterparts; and
  oMore than 1,500 food items come in steel cans, and more than 28,000
    community recycling programs in North America collect steel cans for
    recycling.

"For the North American steel industry, sustainability is more than a goal,
it's an integral part of the way we do business," Gibson said. "Companies that
select steel for their products can be assured that they are making the
environmentally responsible choice."

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public
policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the
preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development
and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of
24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers,
and 123 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel
industry. AISI's member companies represent over three quarters of both U.S.
and North American steel capacity.

SMDI grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote
cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction and container
markets, as well as for new growth opportunities in emerging steel markets.
For more news or information, visit www.smdisteel.org or follow us on twitter
at www.twitter.com/smdisteel.

SMDI investors include

  oAK Steel Corporation
  oArcelorMittal Dofasco
  oArcelorMittal USA LLC
  oNucor Corporation
  oSeverstal North America
  oThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC
  oUnited States Steel Corporation

SOURCE Steel Market Development Institute

Website: http://www.smdisteel.org
Contact: Deanna Lorincz, 248.945.4763, dlorincz@steel.org
 
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