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Manufacturing

  • Innovation in production means that steel for packaging is up to 40% lighter today than 30 years ago.
  • The European steel industry is committed to continually reducing energy use and emissions.
  • High collection rates and 100% recyclability mean that all steel scrap collected is used to produce new steel.
  • LCA (Life cycle analysis) considers the entire life cycle of tinplate, and shows significant recent environmental gains.
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Weight reduction

Steel packaging is up to 40% lighter today than 30 years ago.

  • Greater productivity, more cans are made with the same quantity of steel
  • Increased industry¬†resource efficiency
  • Lighter and more efficient throughout the supply chain
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Reduced energy and emissions

European steel industry is committed to continually reducing energy use and emissions.

  • CO2 emissions from steel production are today 50% lower than 40 years ago
  • CO2 emissions from a standard steel can are today 30% lower than 15 years ago
  • Consumption of primary energy per tonne of crude steel is 60% lower than 50 years ago

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Recycled content

High collection rates and 100% recyclability mean that all steel scrap collected is used to produce new steel. 

  • Over 75% of steel packaging in Europe is recycled each year (77,5% in 2015)
  • All steel, including steel for packaging, is made using ferrous scrap
  • Primary and secondary steel have identical properties
  • Using recycled material saves raw materials, energy, water and lowers CO2 emissions
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LCA performance

LCA considers the entire life cycle of tinplate, from cradle to gate, and shows significant recent environmental gains since 2006

  • Global Warming potential of tinplate production (mainly CO2 emissions) has reduced by 12%
  • Primary energy demand decreases by 2%¬†
  • Acidification and Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential (POCP) have also decreased, -35% and -20% respectively
  • Recycling delivers 30% energy savings and 46% less CO2 emissions