Constructing A Sustainable Future

Constructing A Sustainable Future
Constructing A Sustainable Future

InfraBuild has undergone a transformation process that makes it ideally placed to harness integrated solutions to ensure traceability in the product supply chain, stimulate new technologies and pursue strategies that minimise waste and help reduce, reuse or recycle products in the steel supply chain. Prioritising sustainability strategies will ensure InfraBuild reaches its target to be carbon neutral by 2030. InfraBuild is proud to be part of the GFG Alliance’s work towards building a secure and sustainable long-term future for the domestic steel industry, local manufacturing and communities.

IMG: Steel manufacturing at InfraBuild's Sydney Steel Mill

SUSTAINABILITY IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

InfraBuild is committed to creating a more sustainable future for industry and society.

As Australia’s largest integrated steel manufacturing, distribution and recycling company, InfraBuild is aware of the environmental impact of producing and manufacturing steel long products. Almost 10 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions are attributed to steel and aluminium production. And yet, it is estimated that by 2050, the demand for these essential metals —building blocks for modern life—is expected to be double the level of 2012.

Clearly something must change, and InfraBuild has already begun its journey to be at the forefront of this change in Australia. InfraBuild’s GREENSTEEL™ approach involves the increased use of recycled scrap as a feed for their Electric Arc Furnaces in the steel making process to produce high-quality Australian made steel which is used in large scale infrastructure and construction projects across the country. InfraBuild's GREENSTEEL™ approach also incorporates the increased use of renewable energy with manufacturing and distribution facilities near their key markets.

As a member of the GFG Alliance, InfraBuild is also part of a global CN30 initiative to become carbon neutral across the global steel and aluminium assets by 2030. Their use of recycled scrap metals in the Electric Arc Furnaces is fundamental to achieving this ambition with the long-term goal to recycle scrap metals in electric arc furnaces powered by renewable energy, close to our key markets.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

“We have transparency and traceability over each aspect of our fully integrated supply chain model, giving customers confidence that the material they procure meets their requirements. Our supply chain model is supported by rigorous third-party testing regimes to ensure that the product delivered meets project specifications and design intent,” said InfraBuild Customer and Market Relationship Manager, Rob Johnson.

InfraBuild’s approach to ensuring the steel it supplies abides by sustainability standards is two-fold: it maintains a big-picture view of its supply network, while also furthering research into product tracking at a granular level.

“It’s really important to have a holistic, sustainable view of supply chains and not to focus on one particular aspect to the detriment of others,” he said. “We are very aware of different issues at play, including making sure we know where all of our material is sourced from, which is key to maintaining a robust supply chain."

Originally released in 2016, InfraBuild has updated, rebranded and released its suite of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) which provide the environmental credentials of structural and reinforcing steels typically used in construction and infrastructure projects. These product-specific EPDs provide transparent and independently verified information about the environmental impacts of structural and reinforcing steels throughout their life cycle.

Read more about Viribar® –  By using Viribar®750, the 33 percent reduction in the mass of steel fitments has the potential to significantly improve the sustainability credentials and constructability of a project


MATERIAL CIRCULARITY

In a circular economy, there is a move from linear business models, in which products are manufactured from raw materials, used and then discarded, to circular business models where products or parts are repaired, re-used, returned and recycled.

Recognising the increasing focus on the Circular Economy as a key aspect of sustainability, Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) metrics have been developed for all InfraBuild's products covered by EPDs.

The inclusion of MCI data in the relaunched EPDs provides sustainability professionals with additional information and allows for benchmarking of InfraBuild processes as a more circular manufacturing model evolves throughout the business.

The Ellen McArthur Foundation, building on its strong work to promote the Circular Economy, developed the MCI to measure the circularity of products. The indicator’s focus is on Technical Cycles, “in which products, components and materials are kept in the market at the highest possible quality and for as long as possible, through repair and maintenance, reuse, refurbishment, remanufacture, and ultimately recycling”.

With this, we can see that the MCI is particularly relevant to organisations working in building and infrastructure areas and encouraging more circular design principles from the extraction of raw resources, to the construction and eventual demolition stages.

Read more about how our products achieved a 0.84 MCI rating, indicating their progress towards full circularity, in Steel Australia Autumn 2021 | Vol 32, Number 1

IMG: InfraBuild in Steel Australia, Autumn 2021


Article published on Wednesday, 26 May 2021

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