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  1. Building a Better Future: Delivering Sustainability in Stainless Steel

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. The paper describes what is happening to the world and what will continue to happen if people do not become more environmentally friendly. I looks at, for example, global warming, the UK's energy consumption and resource depletion and then goes on to discuss the way forward by using sustainable design, execution and recycling.

  2. Ensuring Future Market Access for Stainless Steel

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. Sustainable Development is a sociopolitical issue not a technological or economic one, which could be the reason that very few people want to know about it. It comments that the industry must demonstrate that it uses resources effectively, that they commit to continuous improvement and that its takes effective action. Doing this the industry can persuade regulators and politicians to do what the industry wants. The paper goes some way to explain why regulations relating to metals and alloys are based on risk and not simply on hazard and that stainless steel is regulated as an alloy and not as a mixture of elements. To ensure stainless steel has a bright future stainless steel and raw material suppliers need to work closely together.

  3. European Regulation and Stainless Steel

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. This paper addresses European health and environmental regulation as it applies to stainless steel, and the threats posed to the markets for stainless steel. Mixtures, alloys and toxicity of materials are discussed and a list of EU Directives relevant to the use and application of stainless steels listed. These Directives include 76/769/EEC, the Jewellery (Jewelry) Directive, 2000/60/EEC and 98/83/EC, the EU drinking water Directives, 93/42/EEC covering medical devices and 2000/53/EC, the end-of-life vehicles Directive. Hazard classification is related to nickel content. Stainless steels are not however mixtures and so the risk classifications in relation to skin sensitisation and carcinogenic (cancer) effects are unjust. Risk phrases R43 and R40 still apply, however by European Dangerous Preparations Directive (67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC).

  4. Global Stainless Steel Life Cycle Inventory

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. ISSF have undertaken the commitment to provide the best possible information to the industry stakeholders in the area of life cycle assessment, delivering transparent and authoritative data on the production of stainless steel from its raw materials. The paper describes the process involved in managing the life cycle inventory building, data presentation, data application and ability of our peers to influence decisions based on a life cycle management principle.

  5. Meeting the Challenge of Sustainablity in the Automotive Sector

    Originally presented at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. The paper firstly outlines the sector profile for automotives along with a market overview. It goes on to describe sustainable development looking at competing pressures, developing a vision of sustainable mobility, the sectoral approach and an annual sustainability report.

  6. New Solar and Tidal Technologies

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. This power point presentation suggests why businesses should be looking towards tidal and solar power and how stainless steel can be used in Renewable Energy. It describes the effectiveness of the applications, the benefits and costs of using renewable energy resources and comments on the future of renew ability and the commercial potential.

  7. Stainless Steel and Sustainable Construction

    This BSSA special report, published in February 2004 aims to provide architects and other building and construction specialist specifiers with an overview of stainless steel in the context of sustainable construction. Firstly the context of sustainable development is discussed and its relevance to the construction industries. The advantages of using stainless steel for building exterior applications such as facades, roofing, balustrades, walkways, guttering and drainage, building interior applications such as lift panels, window and door frames and fittings and swimming pool liners and finally structural applications such as column cladding, brickwork support and wall ties and in fire protection are noted along with its application in concrete reinforcement, bridge and tunnel construction.

  8. Stainless Steel:Its Future as a Sustainable Material

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. This paper reviews the maintenance of economic growth in the stainless steel industry The social responsibilities adopted by AvestaPolarit towards its employees, protection of the environment and the ways in which the company has adopted a policy of prudent use of resources are discussed. The life cycle cost benefits of stainless steels are contributing to the market growth and sustainability of stainless steels.

  9. Sustainablity in Action

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. This paper details the sustainable development project set up in South Yorkshire, at the Shepcote Lane site of AvestaPolarit Ltd. The project has been at an embryonic stage for about two years, but its birth is now imminent. The project is an example of how unrelated industries and social inclusion projects can come together to the benefit of all parties. The paper details how the not-for-profit organization, the Green Business Network has brought together the textile and stainless steel industries, in a scheme, which includes the recycling of industrial and municipal waste, as part of a social inclusion venture.

  10. The Changing Nature of Energy in the UK

    Originally presented at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003

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