Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Rather than rely on data simply pulled from the Internet, JLT has undertaken a USA-specific Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on its steel tubulars management and operating processes, completed in 2023. The LCA was performed by Giraffe Innovation Ltd., an award-winning environmental and technical consultancy in the UK. The result is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) that has been 3rd party verified to international standards (ISO 14025:2006 and EN 15804:2012+A2:20) and will be uploaded on the International EPD® System.

The CO2 emissions calculated in the USA LCA includes full life cycle use of the steel tubulars including any incoming transportation, handling and manufacturing, outgoing transportation, and installation of the tubulars (for driven pipe piles). The JLT CO2 emissions were then compared to steel industry emissions for new mill pipe using the same “ship to” locations as the JLT analysis.

What does this mean?

What is the CO2 savings by using surplus or mill secondary pipe from JLT instead of buying and using brand new pipe from the mill and its distributors? Here is what the LCA and EPD completed in November 2023 tell us:

  • CO2 savings ranged from 1.943 to 2.291 tons CO2 per ton of steel, dependent upon the location shipped to in the USA and Canada.
  • The weighted average CO2 savings across all shipping locations was 2.137 tons of CO2 per ton of steel.
  • On a weighted average basis, if you purchased 1000 tons of pipe from JLT, you would contribute 2,137 tons of CO2 savings for the planet!

Along with our detailed EPD, JLT can provide a customized CO2 Savings Certificate to preferred suppliers and valued customers on a job basis, monthly basis or annually.


Surplus Steel Tubulars.
100% of the Quality 23.7% of the CO2 impact of new steel.

The results of our Life Cycle Analysis of the repurposing of surplus steel piping, by John Lawrie Tubulars shows that 1 ton of suplus or mill secondary steel pipe has a carbon footprint of 662 kgCO2e per ton (cradle to installation).

By comparison, the new mill pipe procured through distributors has a carbon footprint of 2,800 kgCO2e per ton (cradle to installation).

This means that the John Lawrie tubular products save 2,138 kgCO2e per ton, which is 76.3% of the carbon emissions. In other words, the material carbon footprint of surplus or mill secondary tubular products has 23.7% of the impact of those made from prime steel.

Co2 Savings