Steel Manufacturers Assn. supports ITC's probe in GHG emissions by US steel and aluminum makers; group expects findings to help negotiate global fair trade arrangement and highlights the cleaner production methods used by US manufacturers

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July 7, 2023 (press release) –

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SMA Supports Factfinding Investigation of GHG Emissions from Steel and Aluminum

The Steel Manufacturers Association applauds the announcement that the U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to undertake a factfinding investigation of the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of steel and aluminum produced in the United States, according to SMA President Philip K. Bell.

The ITC is carrying out the investigation at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, which is overseeing the negotiation of a global arrangement on steel and aluminum.

“We believe this emissions data will be essential to negotiating a workable and realistic global arrangement that will be fair to all parties,” Bell says. “SMA members welcome the opportunity to demonstrate that they make steel with lower GHG emissions than the global average and much lower than the average of blast furnace steelmakers.”

Steel made in the United States ranks among the cleanest in the world. That’s because 70 percent of the steel produced here is made of recycled steel rather than extractive materials like iron ore, and it is melted in electric arc furnaces rather than coal-fired blast furnaces.

The ITC investigation will ask steel and aluminum makers to supply data on Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions associated with dozens of steel product categories. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office expects to get a report from ITC by January 28, 2025.

Learn more about the investigation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensities of the U.S. Steel and Aluminum Industries at the Product Level, Inv. No. 332-598, at https://usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2023/er0706_64095.htm.

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