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As engineers, owners and operators of sustainable structures, we have a responsibility to ensure the best use of our current natural resources, using less material and ensuring that the materials used now will last, as long as possible, and can be completely recycled and reused in the future.
Steel is 100% recyclable and for every ton of steel recycled, an 80% reduction of the CO2 emissions during steel production is achieved, this corresponds to 0.255 tons of CO2 per ton of recycled steel compared with 1.7 tons of CO2 per ton of virgin steel.
The published world production of crude steel in 2015 was approximately 2,714 million tons at 1.7 tons of CO2/ton, equivalent to 4,614 million tons CO2 and 4,462 million tons of cement at 0.97 tons of CO2/ton, equivalent to 4,328 million tons of CO2 from cement production. Total combined steel and cement production in 2015 was approximately 8,942 million tons of CO2 and continues to increase (5,843 in 2010, 4,588 in 2006).
Corrosion management can be used as an effective tool to support sustainable and low carbon development now and in the future.
Understanding how corrosion works and how corrosion can be controlled can enable us to: