The positive environmental impact of metal recycling

Metal recycles forever and is a key reusable commodity for infrastructure and goods production

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The world needs metals
  • Steel, aluminum, copper, nickel, and other metals are crucial for global infrastructure and for consumer goods

  • Demand for metals is further driven by the green energy transition, thus making them essential for a green economy in general

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Primary metal production is highly CO2-intensive
  • Metals can be recycled forever without quality loss

  • Approximately 70% of the steel production in the US is based on recycled steel, while around 55% in the EU and even only around 22% of steel production in China respectively use recycled scrap steel as raw material

Metal recycles forever
Infinite recycling is key in decarbonisation
  • Production of primary metals emits a lot of CO2 and is very energy-intensive

  • The global production of metals accounts for more than 12% of direct CO2 emissions

  • In 2021, almost 2 billion tons of steel and almost 100 million tons of aluminum were produced, thus generating more than 3.6 billion tons of CO2

Significant CO2 saving potential from metal recycling

CO 2 emissions from steel production can be reduced by >60% by using recycled steel scrap with no quality loss

Scrap Metal

Production of 1t of primary steel generates...

... 1.7 -2.9t of CO2 per ton of primary steel

-> 60%

Old scrap metal

Production of 1t of primary steel generates...

... 0-0.8t of CO2 per ton of secondary steel

Ready to make a positive impact through metal recycling?

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