Civil society groups applaud the launch of the ResponsibleSteel International Standard V2.0 and recognise it as a critical step in the net zero transition of the steel industry. ResponsibleSteel civil society members are committed to continuing to work together to support steel buyers and producers in achieving full alignment with a 1.5-degree pathway.
Decarbonizing the global steel industry is critical to achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and for this, investments in clean steelmaking need to begin in this decade. The new ResponsibleSteel Standard will provide steel buyers and steel makers with a robust and independently-verified certification for low-emission and responsibly-produced steel.
Steel is a key part of a new clean energy economy. From wind turbines to railways to electric motors and buildings, steel is a building block for a low-emissions society. ResponsibleSteel certification will help buyers choose clean steel and provide added value to steelmakers for producing a cleaner product.
ResponsibleSteel is the world’s first multi-stakeholder standard for low greenhouse gas emissions and responsibly sourced steel. It covers a range of sustainability issues: climate change, pollution and human rights concerns by taking into account both direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution, pollution from mining coal and iron ore, labor standards, and more. These new standards, created through a multi-year, fair and rigorous process, including input from a diverse array of civil society stakeholders, is a major step forward and an important starting point to transform the sector.
We commend ResponsibleSteel for its commitment to decarbonizing the global steel industry and look forward to continuing our work together toward improvement through the standard’s review process to achieve full alignment with the 1.5-degree pathway.
We encourage steel producers to adopt the standard and gain ResponsibleSteel Certification on all their sites, and for steel buyers to clearly signal purchasing ResponsibleSteel certified steel.
Strengthening the global understanding of what is considered sustainably produced steel is critical to aligning the industry and driving change at the scale and pace needed.
Sue Riddlestone OBE, Co-founder, and Chief Executive, Bioregional: “As an organisation working with clients in the building products and built environment sectors, we welcome the launch of the new ResponsibleSteel Standard. It provides a valuable means for steel manufacturers to reduce their environmental impacts and help raise standards across the industry, and for end users to act – whether they are at the start of their sustainability journey or pushing forward towards a best practice approach to steel procurement.”
Daniel Seligman, Director for Clean Energy Solutions at Ceres: “ResponsibleSteel will galvanize steelmakers, steel buyers, and investors alike to curb emissions and promote social good from an industry crucial to modern economies.”
Armond Cohen, Founder and President of Clean Air Task Force: “Decarbonizing the steel industry is critical to reaching our global climate goals, and the impact of the revised Standard 2.0 toward these efforts across the supply chain cannot be overstated. Achieving global decarbonization – including hard-to-abate industrial sectors like steel – needs to be met with both ambition and action, and the ResponsibleSteel Standard is a significant step in the right direction.”
Jen Carson, Head of Industry at Climate Group: “With the launch of ResponsibleSteel’s updated Standard (V2.0), we now have clear requirements on both greenhouse gas emissions and responsible sourcing of input materials. As the Standard forms a key part of our SteelZero commitment, these additional requirements will strengthen and clarify the collective voice of our members, boosting the demand signal for low emission and net zero steel and accelerating the net zero transition of one of the highest emitting sectors on the planet.”
Glenn Hurowitz, Founder and CEO of Mighty Earth: “We applaud the launch of this new ResponsibleSteel Standard and recognize their efforts to ensure that deforestation has no place in the steel industry’s future. By limiting charcoal, wood and biomass used in steelmaking to existing FSC-certified plantations, the standard will serve to keep forests standing, protecting precious biomes such as the Amazon, for people, nature and climate. And now is the time for steelmakers to invest in the next generation of steelmaking infrastructure, including renewable electricity-powered electric arc furnaces and green hydrogen that can produce iron without relying on coal.”
Gitika Mohta, Manager of Industry and Built Environment, Systems Transformation, We Mean Business Coalition (WMB): “WMB is a proud supporter of ResponsibleSteel and we applaud the evolution of the new standard that is pioneering, pathbreaking and desperately needed to decode whether steel is responsibly produced and sourced. The standard creates a unified market and understanding of what each company across the value chain needs to be aiming for.”
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