Net Zero Carbon Emissions Steel
Reducing Carbon Intensity of Finished Products & Engaging Our Supply Chain
Global climate commitments are requiring companies to better understand the environmental impacts of their supply chains and seek out the most sustainable materials available in order to achieve their carbon reduction targets. By reducing the environmental impact of our operations and continuing to deliver recycled products and services, we demonstrate our role as a responsible partner to our customers and suppliers.
The EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Leadership Awards recognize companies who are leading the charge in engaging and integrating sustainability into their relationships with trading partners around the globe.
C02e Emissions Intensity of the Steelmaking Process
(Scope 1 and 2 mtCO2e per mt of crude steel)
1 GHG intensity includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and estimated Scope 3 emissions from “upstream” scrap metal recycling and sourcing operations to our steel mill.
2 SMA 2022 Emissions Analysis.
3 WSA 2020.
We are actively engaged in efforts to responsibly deliver value across our supply chain.
Decarbonizing Tomorrow’s Supply Chain with Net Zero Carbon GRN Steel™
Green. Recyclable. Necessary.
For centuries, steel has played a vital role in the construction of critical infrastructure including bridges, buildings, and highways. Steel is infinitely recyclable and will continue to serve as a primary material in the production and modernization of essential infrastructure in the U.S., while also meeting the needs of the low-carbon economy of the future.
Schnitzer’s steel manufacturing operation, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, leverages our integrated business model by sourcing much of its recycled metal feedstock from our own recycling facilities. We power our state-of-the-art electric arc furnace steel mill primarily using carbon-free hydroelectricity which further reduces the environmental impact of our operation and the overall carbon content of our finished steel products, including rebar, coiled rebar, wire rod, merchant bar, and other specialty items.
In March 2022, we launched GRN Steel™, a line of net zero carbon emissions products that eliminate the limited Scope 1 and 2 emissions generated during our steel manufacturing process through a carbon offset and renewable energy credit purchase program. Through the introduction of these products, Cascade now offers some of the lowest carbon emission finished steel products in the world. As customer ESG-focused commitments expand to consider the full lifecycle of end products, Schnitzer’s GRN Steel™ delivers an important pathway for decarbonizing supply chains.
Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) Steel Production
Steel produced via a US EAF is 75% lower in Scope 1 & 2 emissions and 210% lower in Scope 1, 2 & 3 compared to blast furnace production.
Steel made using recycled metals uses:
74% less energy
40% less water
90% less virgin materials