Myths about steel
Tackling misconceptions about steel specification
Aside from the issue of low upfront carbon materials contributing to increased carbon emissions, there are some specific misconceptions about specifying steel that can lead to their own unintended consequences.
A significant one is the availability of scrap steel. While virtually all steel is recycled, it takes time for steel components to reach the end of their life and re-enter the manufacturing process. The current volumes of scrap steel in the market mean that specifying recycled steel could result in it being sourced from elsewhere in the world, adding emissions related to processing and transportation, and reducing the availability of reporting information.
And because the percentage of scrap steel that is recycled is so high, specifying recycled steel for your project will not encourage more recycling. Rates of recycling are already as high as they can be - the issue is the volume of scrap steel available.
For this reason, new steel must continue to be produced, so that there is enough volume to be recycled in future. A mix of primary and secondary steelmaking will ensure robust supply chains within the local market, supporting the economy. That is why Tata Steel is investigating every avenue for reducing emissions from steel manufacturing, while continuing to recycle scrap steel.