Steel environmental impact


Tons of steel produced

Worldwide, this year

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The world produces a lot of...
steel - over 150 kilos for every single person in the world every year. We pretty much can’t do anything that doesn’t somehow require steel. But steel environmental impact is enormous. Steel production is one of the most energy-consuming and CO2 emitting industrial activities in the world.

Top 5 facts about steel production


The world produces a lot of steel

The world produces enough steel to build an Eiffel Tower every 3 minutes and 24 seconds. That's 154,800 Eiffel Towers in one year. Side by side they would go from Paris to New York three times!


It’s energy consuming

Production of steel is one of the most energy-consuming and CO2 emitting industrial activities.


And highly polluting

It requires large inputs of coke (a sort of coal) which is extremely damaging to the environment. Coke ovens emit air pollution such as naphthalene that is toxic and can cause cancer.


Steel is used everywhere

Steel production is dirty business - yet no-one can make a product without using steel. If steel is not used in a product, it is used in the production or the shipment of products. But steel can be produced in much friendlier ways…


Good examples

…for example, a Korean company has developed a steelmaking method that emits 90 percent less toxic emissions than traditional methods.

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