Giraffe Innovation found that the greenhouse gas emissions savings were as high as 96% when using surplus steel compared to buying brand new steel. Repurposing existing tubes was also far more environmentally friendly than sending them back to the steel mill for recycling. The life cycle analysis considered a comprehensive range of factors, including material processing, logistics, and disposal of any generated waste.
The reuse of steel provided by Cleveland Steel & Tubes means that its business model is clearly aligned with the key principles of the circular economy. Repurposing steel provides a substantial reduction in the carbon footprint of a core building material – which can help construction contractors to meet their sustainability obligations. It can be incorporated within a BREEAM assessment, which is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for major construction and infrastructure projects.
The majority of our stock is self-colour material but the surplus oilfield packages we purchase are occasionally coated. To ensure this material is fit for alternative applications, we refurbish the material in-house to remove these external coatings and any excess is recycled & disposed of responsibly.
Download a copy of our Greener Steel sustainability research here.