SynopsisSaarstahl Rail, a subsidiary of Saarstahl AG, has released the first-ever Environmental Product Declaration for its "Pure Steel+ Rail" products. This declaration showcases the eco-friendliness of these rails, produced with an electric arc furnace, which reduces carbon emissions by approximately 70% compared to traditional methods. The EPD offers a comprehensive view of the product's environmental impact, from raw material extraction to end-of-life considerations, highlighting its role in carbon reduction in the mobility sector.ArticleIn a significant stride toward environmental transparency and sustainability, Saarstahl Rail, a subsidiary of Saarstahl AG, has taken the pioneering step of publishing the first Environmental Product Declaration for its renowned "Pure Steel+ Rail" products. This declaration not only sets a precedent but also solidifies Saarstahl Rail's commitment to eco-conscious practices within the mobility sector.What sets "Pure Steel+ Rail" apart is its unique production method. Saarstahl Rail stands as the exclusive supplier in Europe offering low-carbon rails crafted through the electric arc furnace (EAF) route. In a meticulous evaluation of the entire product life cycle, it was revealed that this method contributes to reducing carbon emissions by an impressive 70% when compared to the conventional blast furnace route. The rails are meticulously manufactured at Saarstahl Rail's hot rolling mill in Hayange, France, using input materials sourced from Saarstahl Ascoval in St. Saulve, France, further reinforcing their eco-credentials. These rails have been an integral part of Saarstahl AG's product portfolio since mid-2021.The significance of the EPD lies in its ability to offer a clear and comprehensive understanding of the environmental impact of "Pure Steel+ Rail" products. It delves into every aspect of the product's life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the boundaries of the Saarstahl Rail plant (known as cradle-to-gate). This transparency is achieved through detailed quantitative data, encompassing energy and resource usage, waste generation, and emissions data. Additionally, the EPD sheds light on waste disposal and recycling management, enabling consumers to ascertain whether a product can be responsibly disposed of at the end of its life cycle or reintegrated into the production cycle. A standout feature of these rails is their recyclability, which can be done multiple times without compromising quality, thus contributing significantly to resource efficiency.Matthias Dilschneider, a representative from the Environmental Protection department at Saarstahl AG, emphasizes the monumental significance of the EPD for "Pure Steel+ Rail." He states, "The EPD for Pure Steel+ Rail spells out the environmental sustainability of our rail products from secondary steel production in the electric arc furnace at Saarstahl Ascoval. Over the entire life cycle, reductions of carbon emissions of around 70% are therefore possible in comparison with the industry average. We are contributing decisively here to carbon reduction in the mobility sector."ConclusionThe release of this EPD signifies a crucial step toward promoting transparency and sustainability in the steel industry. It is not only a testament to Saarstahl Rail's commitment to eco-friendliness but also a noteworthy contribution to reducing carbon emissions in the ever-evolving mobility sector.