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.

John Lawrie Tubulars Life Cycle Analysis (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.

Certificate

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

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.