Audio Conference: American Materials Manufacturing Alliance (AMMA) Says Many Concerns for U.S. Manufacturing in Senate EPW Climate Bill

11/2/2009

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Press Release from AMMA: American Materials Manufacturing Alliance Says Major Changes Needed to Senate EPW Climate Bill to Prevent Job Loss and Emission Migration

Letter to: The Honorable Barbara Boxer, Chair Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works from American Materials Manufacturing Alliance

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Facts About America’s Sustainable Steel Industry:Fact Sheets from the American Forest and Paper Association

Fact: The steel industry is the backbone of America:

  • America’s world-class steel industry contributes $350 billion to our economy and generates 1.2 million jobs.
  • Steel is the vanguard of manufacturing, essential to the automotive, construction and defense industries – and each steel industry job generates seven jobs in other economic sectors.

Fact: Innovation and technology have transformed America’s steel industry into one of the world’s most competitive, sustainable and environmentally progressive industries.

  • Steel productivity has more than tripled since the early 1980s – making America stronger at home and abroad.
  • Through funding by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), AISI’s automotive program has accelerated technical developments leading mass reduction with steel by up to 31%, taking steel closer to the FreedomCAR goal of 50% mass reduction.
  • AISI Member Companies are investing in new research called the CO2 Breakthrough Program, investigating revolutionary ways of making steel while emitting little or no CO2.

Fact: America’s steelmakers are leading the way in recycling and environmental performance.

  • The domestic steel industry is the lowest CO2 emitter among world steelmaking nations* as a result of billions of dollars of investment in process improvements;
  • It is preferable, both economically and environmentally, to produce steel in the USA;
  • The steel industry has reduced energy per ton of steel produced by 29% since 1990, and as a result of this achievement, our processes are pushing against their energy limits as defined by the laws of physics;
  • The American steel industry is ahead of Kyoto greenhouse emission goals by 240%, and is developing innovative technologies to continue setting new benchmarks.
  • If current available advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) were applied throughout the present U.S. automotive fleet, greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles would be reduced by approximately 12%--an amount greater than the emissions generated by the entire American steel industry today.
  • Three-fourths of all American steel ends up recycled into new products, part of the steel industry’s comprehensive environmental commitment.
  • More steel is recycled each year--more than all other materials—aluminum, paper, glass and plastic--combined.
  • As a result of our commitment to continued improvement, air and water emissions are 90% lower than a decade ago.
  • Steel is present in cars today, making up about 62% of the average passenger vehicle weight. High-strength steels in vehicles are up 44% in the last decade according to Ducker Worldwide.
  • Carbon steel, which accounts for approximately 85% of annual steel production worldwide, is considered the most widely engineered material.
  • American bridges are utilizing a new bridge steel plate technology, which provides up to 18% cost savings and 28% weight savings.

*Fact: In terms of the environment, America is the best place in the world to make steel.

  • American steelmakers emit on average only approximately 1.2 tons of greenhouse gases per ton of steel. On average, steel producers around the world emit more than 1.7 tons of greenhouse gases, directly and indirectly, for every ton of steel they produce. For some major producers, including China, emissions are significantly higher. Unfortunately, we do not have reliable data on China, which is by far the largest steel producer in the world. Although some international statistics indicate that China emits nearly 2.5 tons of greenhouse gases for every ton of steel produced, the real number is almost certainly higher, perhaps 4 to 5 tons.
  • The bottom line is that, for every ton of domestically produced steel that is replaced by imports, greenhouse gas emissions increase by half a ton or more. For imports from China – the second largest source of steel imports in the United States – the difference is at least double, perhaps triple, U.S. emissions.