ACRS & CARES Launch Australasian Steel Certification Scheme
Leading independent steel certification authority for Australia and New Zealand announced that Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and
Leading independent steel certification authority for Australia and New Zealand announced that Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels ACRS recently announced the Australasian launch of a certification scheme that will dramatically improve buyers’ ability to source high quality, ethically and sustainably produced steel for construction across Australasia. The Scheme will ensure that the public knows that steel installed in their homes, high rise commercial and residential buildings and across Australasian infrastructure meets the highest global standards. ACRS has partnered with the leading international construction steel certification authority, CARES, to introduce its market leading Sustainable Constructional Steels Certification Scheme into the Australasian markets, to be known as the SCS Scheme. The Scheme ensures that construction steel entering Australia and New Zealand from anywhere in the world meets the highest global environmental, social and ethical standards, using independent certification of ESG criteria and performance indicators.
Despite Australia and New Zealand importing significant volumes of steel to meet expanding building and infrastructure needs, many existing sustainability schemes fail to provide adequate, independent verification of the supplier's claims regarding the sustainability of the materials supplied to consumers. There is rapidly increasing demand for a premium, independent verification scheme in the area of steel sustainability that provides surety there is no producer bias, mis-representation or dilution of the expected certification process. Australians and New Zealanders will now be able to determine with confidence the sustainability performance of the steel procured.
Australian and international steel producers are working hard to reduce their emissions, around 7% of global CO2 emissions are generated by the industry. The SCS Scheme will help steel producers and processors measure, monitor and improve the sustainability performance of their products and will strengthen industry efforts already underway to combat greenhouse gas emissions. As construction will play a major role in post-pandemic economic recovery across Australia and New Zealand, this Scheme will help building designers, specifiers and customers make informed decisions about the materials they are buying.