Sustainability

What is driving the need for more sustainable practices?

Structural steel tubular (pipe) users, like the construction industry amongst others, are under growing pressure to be more resource efficient, to lower embodied carbon, and strive for a Circular Economy. Alternative materials and material reuse strategies are critical to meet these new targets. Understanding and documenting the results for environmental impact reduction of surplus steel tubulars, like those supplied by JLT, is an opportunity to support the move to lower carbon footprint projects and a Circular Economy.

We’ve been repurposing surplus steel tubulars for the last 30 years. Reusing this material for structural applications like piling creates a circular economy whereby existing products are kept in use for longer, helping to protect the earth’s natural resources. Pipe purchased from these sources meets or exceeds North American piling specifications providing a robust and lower carbon footprint solution for your project.

What is John Lawrie Tubulars doing about Sustainability?

JLT repurposes by-product or production scrap steel created by pipe mills. JLT also rescues pipe that is surplus and unused from projects in North America and around the globe. This repurposing by JLT diverts the by-product or surplus pipe into the secondary steel pipe market where the pipe is suitable for structural applications. This saves CO2 emissions that would be generated by the returning of the by-product or surplus pipe to steel mills for re-melting, a process that includes transportation, handling, and cutting to re-enter the melt stream.

Following the completion of a life cycle assessment in 2023, we can now show that for every ton of John Lawrie Tubulars repurposed steel pipe, there is a CO2 saving of over 76.3% when compared to the production of new prime steel. This goes a long way to supporting net zero and sustainability goals for both our clients and our suppliers.

Our Roadmap to a Circular Economy

Circular Economy

What is a circular economy?

We know we can’t continue to live like this, however. We can’t keep throwing waste into landfill, we must look for opportunities to either keep the material and products in use for longer, or create these products from materials that have prolonged shelf lives. A circular economy is a continuous cycle of processes that sees material “stay in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.”*

Why do we want a circular economy?

A circular economy will reduce waste, improve productivity, reduce environmental impacts and increase opportunities for growth and diversification, as well as focus on society-wide benefits. The aim of a circular economy is to design out waste and pollution and regenerate natural systems.

What is a circular economy?

We know we can’t continue to live like this, however. We can’t keep throwing waste into landfill, we must look for opportunities to either keep the material and products in use for longer, or create these products from materials that have prolonged shelf lives. A circular economy is a continuous cycle of processes that sees material “stay in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.”*

Why do we want a circular economy?

A circular economy will reduce waste, improve productivity, reduce environmental impacts and increase opportunities for growth and diversification, as well as focus on society-wide benefits. The aim of a circular economy is to design out waste and pollution and regenerate natural systems.