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New global steel standard puts emissions reductions at the forefront, a major step forward in decarbonizing the industry

September 16, 2022

ResponsibleSteel released its new international steel standard this week, creating the only global independently verified certification for sustainable, low-emission, and responsibly produced steel. 

“Decarbonizing the steel industry is critical to achieving our global climate goals, and the impact of the revised Standard 2.0 toward these efforts across the supply chain cannot be overstated,” said Armond Cohen, President of Clean Air Task Force, a civil society member of ResponsibleSteel. “Created through collaboration with civil society, industry, and business leaders, the revised standard is the most comprehensive yet in addressing a wide range of challenges, including greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, air pollution, and more. The new standard will incentivize steel makers and buyers to do so in a climate beneficial way, which is important as steel will play a vital role in building the infrastructure needed for a decarbonized energy system and society. To decarbonize globally – including in hard-to-abate industrial sectors like steel – we need both ambition and action, and the ResponsibleSteel standard is a significant step in the right direction.” 

“The ResponsibleSteel initiative is the only global, multi-stakeholder comprehensive standard and certification program for the steel industry and its supply chain,” said Jeanette Pablo, Director of Climate Equity and the Clean Energy Transition. “The steel industry is responsible for 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which means we must decarbonize steel – and the rest of the industrial sector – to achieve the 1.5-degree pathway. The international steel standard marks an important moment in global decarbonization efforts.” 

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