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EPD - Environmental Product Declaration & LCA - Life Cycle Assessment

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life cycle environmental impact of products. It is created by the manufacturer, peer reviewed by independent bodies on the basis of ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards, and published by an environmental labelling organisation. Thus, EPDs are suitable as proof of environmental requirements in public procurement processes.

In order to develop this document, ArcelorMittal Sheet Piling analysed the full production process and performed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of its steel sheet piles.

ArcelorMittal produces hot rolled steel sheet piles in its European plants of Belval and Differdange in Luxembourg, as well as Dabrowa in Poland, and was the first steelmaker to publish in 2011 an EPD dedicated to steel sheet piles.

In the meantime, new European standards were released (EN 15804), and now our sheet piles are covered by EPDs registered by the German institute Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU), in accordance with ISO and European standards, and accepted by the ECO PLATFORM.

Three new EPDs were published recently:
  • 'Hot rolled steel sheet piles', 2016, covering the three mills,
  • 'EcoSheetPile', 2018, covering the two mills located in Luxembourg, which recycle steel in an EAF (Electric Arc Furnace),
  • 'Cold formed steel sheet piles', 2019, covering the full range of cold formed steel sheet piles manufactured in Messempré (France).
Transport, installation, maintenance, dismantling and other modules are not considered in the EPDs because this data has to be determined for each specific project (in general, their contribution to the environmental impact is quite small compared to the contribution of the production processes).

You can download the documents below.

We elaborated two Life Cycle Assessments comparing the environmental impact of different solutions for the execution of the retaining walls of
  • a quay wall of a cruise ships terminal
  • an underground car park
The LCAs were drafted by environmental experts from our R&D department, based on a design of the structure performed by an independent consulting engineering firm. In order to publish a comparative LCA, but also to be transparent, the LCAs were peer-reviewed by independent experts. Please not that there are some intrinsic limitations to any LCA comparison, mainly due to the assumptions that have to be made and due to specific or local parameters that can influence the results of case studies.

Feel free to contact us for a basic calculation of the LCA for your specific project. It is free, simple and very instructive.
Last modified: June 14, 2021
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