Sustainable Steel - EcoSheetPile™ Plus
Sustainable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of your projectsDecarbonisation is the most important aspect of ArcelorMittal’s long-term strategy. We align with the Paris Agreement’s goals and the European Green Deal. We committed in 2021 to reduce European CO2 emissions by 35 % by 2030 and be carbon neutral by 2050. Our new brand, XCarb® is designed to bring together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced, low and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities.
For long, ArcelorMittal EcoSheetPile™ range of steel sheet piles have been manufactured through the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route, with CO2 emissions at only 520 kg CO2-eq. per tonne of finished product. This is significantly lower than the average emissions for the global steel industry which is around 2.3 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of primary steel produced*. The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) of the EcoSheetPile™ product range is based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with the EAF route using 100 % recycled material.
The new EcoSheetPile™ Plus brand, an essential part of the XCarb™ recycled and renewably produced initiative, is based on the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route using 100% recycled material and in addition using 100% renewable electricity sourced from the same power grid. This allows the manufacturing of the new EcoSheetPile™ Plus with 30 % lower emissions than with the usual energy mix. The difference is even higher when compared with the predominant conventional steelmaking*. Certified by a specific Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), the production of the EcoSheetPile™ Plus range emits as low as 370 kg CO2-eq. per tonne of steel produced. It comes also with a ‘Guarantee of Origin’ certifying the renewable sources for the electricity, audited by an external third party.
A key advantage of the steel sheet piles is their perfect integration into the circular economy concept, making them the most sustainable construction material. Indeed, the sheet piles we produce can be reused up to ten times before they are recycled as scrap for the EAF-based steel making process. In addition, fully engineered package solutions, relying on our high performance, tailor-made sheet pile sections, in combination with our high strength steel grades, could allow further carbon footprint reductions on project-based assessments.
Independent third-party infrastructure impact studies show that our EcoSheetPile™ designs can have the lowest environmental impact compared to other construction solutions. A full scope LCA study (cradle-to-grave) for underground car park applications shows an impressive gap of 88 % in greenhouse gas emissions between the EcoSheetPile™ solution and the closest alternative (Cutter Soil Mixing)**. The new EcoSheetPile™ Plus range brings even much better results.
ArcelorMittal's steel sheet piles are an environmentally-friendly construction product. Along with other European steel products, they are manufactured in facilities that report transparent indicators for their environmental performance, which have certified quality management systems and protect their working force through Health & Safety policies.
The environmental impact of ArcelorMittal's hot rolled steel sheet piles is documented in an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), registered at the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU), Germany. Find more details on the EPD on our dedicated pages.
** ArcelorMittal’s SIMIn studies, jointly elaborated with external partners and our R&D teams, are available upon request.
Last modified: April 11, 2023