In a groundbreaking achievement, Hyundai Steel, South Korea's second-largest steelmaker, has obtained an environmental product declaration (EPD) certification from the Ministry of Environment. This certification is a significant milestone as Hyundai Steel becomes the first company in the domestic steel industry to receive the prestigious recognition for its low-carbon H-beam products. With this certification, Hyundai Steel now holds EPD certifications for a total of 13 products, further solidifying its commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices.Hyundai Steel's low-carbon H-beams are produced using electric furnace methods, employing recycled iron scrap. The EPD certification serves as validation that these products, manufactured through blast furnace processes, are environmentally friendly compared to similar alternatives. This accolade not only highlights Hyundai Steel's technological prowess and capabilities but also showcases its dedication to fostering a low-carbon society.An official from Hyundai Steel emphasized the significance of the EPD certification, stating, "Through this certification, we aim to showcase our specific electric furnace technology and capabilities. Going forward, we will take the lead in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management by making differentiated efforts to reduce carbon emissions and seize opportunities in the global low-carbon market." This demonstrates Hyundai Steel's determination to contribute to global sustainability efforts and capitalize on the burgeoning low-carbon industry.Hyundai Steel's commitment to eco-friendliness extends beyond the EPD certification. The company has recently developed an innovative portfolio of ultra-high-strength H-beams, boasting a strength approximately 1.3 times greater than existing products. This advancement allows for reduced steel weight, leading to cost savings and shorter construction periods while maintaining low carbon emissions. Such initiatives reflect Hyundai Steel's dedication to both environmental stewardship and technological innovation.Notably, low-carbon products, including Hyundai Steel's offerings, fall under the category of "green products" adopted by the Ministry of Environment. These products earn additional points in the Green Standard for Energy and Environmental Design (G-SEED) program, which evaluates the environmental performance of buildings. Buildings that receive excellent grades or higher in the G-SEED program enjoy benefits such as eased floor area ratios and reduced acquisition taxes. Thus, the use of Hyundai Steel's low-carbon materials contributes to sustainable and environmentally conscious construction practices.