Declared product
1 metric tonne organic coated steel
System boundary
Cradle-to-gate + end-of-life
Production routes
Geographic scope
Asia average
Normative reference
worldsteel LCI methodology report,
ISO 14040/44
LCIA methodology
Selected indicators according to EN 15804+A2:2019
Allocation of co-products
System expansion
Owner of the declaration
World Steel Association
Publication date
June 2023
Externally - worldsteel methodology
Internally - applied data
Internally - eco-profile

Declared product

The presented results refer to a declared unit of 1 metric tonne of organic coated steel representing the Asia industry average

Product description

Obtained by coating a steel substrate with organic layers such as paint or laminated film. The substrate is mainly hot-dip galvanized coil but may also be electrogalvanized coil, finished cold rolled coil or tin-free steel. It can be found on the market in coil or in sheets and is further processed into finished products by the manufacturers. Used in all activity sectors e.g. construction (roof, wall and ceiling claddings, lighting, radiators etc.), general industry (e.g. office furniture, heating, ventilating, air conditioning), domestic appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, small kitchen appliances, computer casings & DVD casings, etc.) and packaging. Typical thickness between 0.15 – 1.5 mm. Typical width between 600 – 1300 mm.


The assessment covers the cradle-to-gate LCA results of the declared steel products including end-of-life-recycling (see Figure 1).

The cradle-to-gate LCI study with end-of-life recycling includes net credits (the amount of end-of-life scrap minus any scrap consumed in the production of the product) associated with recycling the steel from the final products at the end-of-life (end-of-life scrap) with a 95% end-of-life recycling rate. This study does not include the manufacture of the downstream final products or their use.

The primary data collected from the steel companies relates to the production from 2017 to 2022 and is believed to be representative of global steel production during this time frame. 155 steel production sites from 43 companies have contributed to the 2022 worldsteel LCI data release. Allocation of environmental impacts between the steel product and resulting co-products follow the worldsteel methodology applying system expansion (see worldsteel 2022 LCI Study Report for further details).

Figure 1: System boundaries overview of the cradle-to-gate analysis including end-of-life recycling (worldsteel methodology report, 2017).

The calculation is based on Sphera background data – LCA for Experts software version, database version 2022.2. Therefore, allocation in the supply chain follows the assumptions of the Sphera-database. Further information of the applied background data is given in the worldsteel 2022 LCI Study Report.

End-of-life allocation follows the approach defined according to worldsteel’s LCI methodology, whereby the net amount of scrap reaching the end-of-life stage is calculated. This is then reported separately to the cradle-to-gate impacts.

This evaluation complies with the requirements of ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.

It represents a basis for potential B2B and B2C communication of the environmental impacts of the analysed steel products.

LCA Results

The presented results refer to the life cycle related environmental footprint of 1 metric tonne of steel product. Table 1 presents the product’s potential environmental impact according to selected indicators following EF3.0 + energy and water indicators, given that this is a standard often used for construction products. The chosen indicators refer to the selection applicable for sustainable building certification according to the DGNB system.

Table 1: Results of the LCA – Environmental impact and indicators according to selected indicators of EF3.0 + energy and water indicators: 1 metric tonne of steel product

Indicator Unit Cradle-to-gate results
[module A1-A3*]
End of Life results
[module C1-C4*]
Benefit of recycling results
[module D*]
Climate Change – total  tonnes CO2 eq. 3.22 2.76E-07 -1.56
Climate Change, fossil tonnes CO2 eq. 3.28 2.74E-07 -1.57
Climate Change, biogenic tonnes CO2 eq. -0.0594 1.38E-09 0.0090
Climate Change, land use and land use change tonnes CO2 eq. 0.0009 1.47E-11 -0.0002
Ozone depletion kg CFC-11 eq. 3.56E-09 2.56E-16 2.03E-09
Acidification Mole of H+ eq. 6.1030 8.60E-07 -3.6989
Eutrophication, freshwater kg P eq. 0.0012 7.45E-10 -0.0004
Eutrophication, marine kg N eq. 1.3989 1.32E-07 -0.5941
Eutrophication, terrestrial Mole of N eq. 14.9081 1.47E-06 -5.3246
Photochemical ozone formation, human health kg NMVOC eq. 5.5579 6.56E-07 -2.4130
Resource use, mineral and metals kg Sb eq. 0.0065 4.19E-11 -0.0085
Resource use, fossils GJ 34.80 1.29E-05 -15.03
Water use m³ world equiv. 284 5.92E-06 -102
Total use of renewable primary energy resources (PERT) GJ 5.05 1.85E-07 0.59
Total use of non-renewable primary energy resources (PENRT) GJ 34.81 1.29E-05 -15.03

*Modular approach according to EN 15804.

Content of recycled steel

The total amount of iron and steel scrap used to make the product is 0.080 metric tonnes scrap/tonne of steel product.

In this case, the scrap input refers to the net scrap input, i.e., it does not consider the recirculating, internal or home scrap that is generated in the processes that are being studied, i.e., scrap from the organic coated steel production process that goes back into the BOF or EAF is not included as an external scrap input for organic coated steel.

Thus, the scrap input is often considered to be external to the production of the product as well as post-consumer scrap, i.e., scrap produced in processes downstream of the production of the steel product in question: on the steel plant, fabrication and manufacturing scrap as well as end-of-life scrap (see further information in the worldsteel methodology report, 2017).


EN 15804+A2:2019
EN 15804:2019-04+A2, 2021. Sustainability of construction works —
Environmental Product Declarations — Core rules for the product category of
construction products.
LCA for Experts
LCA for Experts 10, Software System and Database for Life Cycle Engineering. DB
2022.2. Sphera, 1992-2023. Available at:
ISO 14040
ISO 14040:2006. Environmental management – Life cycle assessment – Principles
and framework.
ISO 14044
ISO 14044:2006-10. Environmental management – Life cycle assessment –
Requirements and guidelines.
worldsteel, 2017
World Steel Association, 2017: Life cycle inventory methodology report.
worldsteel, 2022
World Steel Association, 2022: 2022 LCI Study Report
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