Overview

2016 was a year of important progress for ArcelorMittal.

Action 2020

Action 2020 is ArcelorMittal's commitment to structurally improving profitability and cash flow generation.

Governance

Good corporate governance is about compliance, continuous stakeholder dialogue and being a good corporate citizen.

Fact book

Details of our steel and mining operations, financials, production facilities and shareholder information.

Buildings for a sustainable future

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new products for sustainable infrastructure

Steel is, of course, already supporting much of the world's infrastructure needs, whether in bridges, buildings, railways or wind turbines. Given the long lifespan of such infrastructure, it’s important to make the right decisions. We're using lifecycle assessment (LCA) techniques to determine environmental impact of new steel solutions.

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programmes under development

Products and processes that improve durability, reduce weight or cut pollution can all help designers and engineers find more sustainable solutions to the challenges of construction. A simple example: in 2016, we developed new, patented technology for mega columns in tall and ultra-tall buildings. By making the construction process faster and simpler, these mega columns reduce the disruption, pollution and risk of erecting tall buildings in confined urban spaces.

Tools for architects and designers

We're keen for the benefits of using steel in infrastructure to be widely understood, and we’re providing architects and engineers with the tools to do their own analysis, so that they can see for themselves where steel is the right choice in terms of sustainability impacts. Engaging more customers with more products also helps us meet our Action 2020 business goals of increasing our volumes and further improving the product mix.

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To help them, we've developed various software packages to allow them to compare the benefits of different materials, including steel.

Our ISO-compliant software, AMeco, is a simple, reliable method for comparing the impact of using different materials for building structures, in terms of lifecycle embodied energy and carbon emissions. Our new Steel in Modern Construction initiative uses software, developed in 2016, to go further. We’ve used it to model a full office building, enabling architects to make the best design choices by assessing the impact of choosing different materials on the building’s performance. In 2017, we plan to use this tool to model industrial buildings too.

Alongside these tools, engineers and fabricators can draw on the comprehensive tables and information about high-strength structural steels in our new Orange Book, an essential aid in the design of steel buildings and structures, launched in October 2016 in collaboration with the UK’s Steel Construction Institute.

Exploring reusability

While steel's recyclability is a key contribution to the circular economy, its long lifespan also creates the potential for re-use. We're exploring the possibilities for re-usable steel components, and discussing this with customers. In 2016 we teamed up with building design firm Arup to take part in the Circular Building project at the London Design Festival, a collaboration which produced a building made from 100% re-usable or recyclable components.

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Collaboration is central to taking circular economy thinking forward and if the industry chooses to work together, projects such as the Circular Building are a fantastic illustration of what we can achieve.

Stuart Smith
Director, Arup

Re-use has the potential to create carbon savings and reduce the amount of resources used in manufacture. For many customers, there are clear advantages in a component that can be used again and again, or that will retain its value because someone else can use it in its current form.

Exploring re-usable steel also means exploring how it would work in practice – for instance, business models that make it easier to recover and re-use materials than to discard or recycle them, or products that are leased rather than sold. Although at an early stage, this work has already produced successes, including a range of re-usable sheetpiles that are returned after use rather than discarded or sent for scrap.

Performance at a glance

Metric Unit 2016 2015
Products launched that contribute to outcome 3 Number 30 5
Research programmes in development that contribute to outcome 3 Number 15 11
New LCA studies completed Number 10 3

Find out more about our approach to this outcome, why it matters to us, and the challenges we face.