Mumbai: Tata Steel Limited has published an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Steel Structural Hollow Sectionssold under the brand name Tata Structura, as part of its commitment to be a benchmark in sustainability disclosures and to serve its customers with product-specific sustainability information.
EPDs are Type III eco-labels that transparently declare the product’s environmental impact over its life cycle across various indicators. It is a comprehensive, third-party reviewed report that acts as a verified document in communicating a product’s life cycle environmental impact for disclosure purposes.
EPD is widely used in the green building and construction material industry as it accounts for scoring the required credit points in the green building assessment system. It can also be used in prioritizing products based on green public procurement policies.
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study carried out for developing the EPD for steel products is done as per ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards. LCA allows companies to evaluate their product’s environmental performance over its entire life cycle. It typically takes into account the full value chain, from material extraction to manufactured product, its usage stage, and end-of-life impacts.
The EPD is published in the International EPD System and can be accessed through the link:
Sanjiv Paul, Vice President(Safety, Health, and Sustainability), Tata Steel, said: “EPDs are an important validation tool, both for manufacturers to provide transparent data about the environmental sustainability of its products and for the more conscientious customers to make informed purchasing decisions. We are confident that the number of such customers will increase rapidly in our markets and we are gearing up to serve them proactively.”
Sanjay S Sahni, Executive In Charge (Tubes Division), Tata Steel, said:“In Tata Steel Tubes Division our endeavor has always been to achieve global benchmark for sustainability, for our products and processes. EPD for Tata Structura will help our valued customers to choose right material for their projects and achieve global standards of sustainable construction. We are happy to share that now Tata Structura is the first Structural Steel Hollow Section brand in the country which has published EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) for supporting our stakeholders with product-specific sustainability information.”
This is the second EPD from Tata Steel Limited after the publication of Steel Rebars EPD. Tata Steel will focus on securing eco-labels (GreenPro and EPD) for its key products and maximising the coverage of its products across various sites under LCA to support the customers with product-related sustainability disclosures enabling designers, customers to understand better a product’s environmental impact.
Tata Steel has already received GreenPro certification for many of its products includingSteel Structural Hollow Sections(Tata Structura), Tata Tiscon (Steel Rebars), Tata Pravesh, Tata Ezyfit and Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag. GreenPro certified products are recognised in the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) rating system as well as by various government institutions (Chennai Metro, Delhi Metro, etc.). In Europe, the Company has produced over 50 Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its construction sector customers – a milestone in environmental impact transparency and reporting.
Steel Structural Hollow Section
Steel Structural hollow sections under the brand name Tata Structura cater to construction segment and for various aesthetic applications. Tubes SBU manufactures structural tubesconforming to IS:4923 and IS:1161 for Square/Rectangular and Circular Hollow sections respectively. It is a very versatile product and finds application across construction segments – (e.g.) infrastructure projects like airports, railways & metro stations, housing & commercial, large stadiums & sports arenas, industrial sheds & warehouses, and aesthetic sculptures. It is available with a yield strength ranging from 210 to 410 MPa.