Brussels,June 2009 –The World Steel Association (worldsteel) announced today the launch of its Climate Action recognition programme. Full details are available on a new dedicated website, the climate change microsite, also launched today on worldsteel.org. These two initiatives are important supporting elements which underscore the steel industry’s commitment and effort to reduce its CO2 emissions.
The worldsteel Climate Action recognition programme recognises steel producers who have fulfilled their commitment to participate in the worldsteel CO2 emissions data collection programme. Two-thirds of the worldsteel membership took part in the first round of data collection which ended earlier this year. This was a strong start and has built confidence all the technical aspects of the project. The steel industry has agreed a common methodology which measures CO2 per tonne and will be used by all companies for all processes. worldsteel has now started to collect 2008 data, providing technical support and encouragement to members who were not geared up to respond last year.
The CO2 emissions data collection programme was launched in April 2008 and is at the core of the global steel sectoral approach advocated by the world steel industry. The programme measures the current level of emissions from the production of steel worldwide. It will enable individual steel plants to position themselves against both average and best performance and to identify scope for improvement.
Climate Action is open to all steel producers, members and non-members of worldsteel alike. Recognition can be obtained at a corporate level or at a site level as long as CO2 emissions data for more than 90% of the crude steel production of the company or the site is submitted. The recognition is valid for two years.
worldsteel also launched its climate change microsite at worldsteel.org/climatechange.
Ian Christmas, Director General of worldsteel said, “Climate change is the biggest issue for the steel industry in the 21st century. The collection and measurement of CO2 data is a very important step for steel companies to see where they stand at the moment and also to identify future actions to improve performance. The programme has already received high level of engagement from the steel producing companies worldwide and this recognition will encourage more steel producers to join the initiative”.