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Indian steel giant Tata Steel is set to develop a GreenPro framework for steel rebars, a-first-of-a-kind initiative in India. The company will undertake the development in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Centre and other relevant stakeholders in the Indian steel industry.
The GreenPro Ecolabel would provide the end-users the freedom to make an informed decision regarding buying steel with the lowest environmental impact. Moreover, the products with the GreenPro label satisfy India's sustainability requirements and are accepted by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) green building rating system.
The company's chief of technology stated that GreenPro Ecolabel for reinforcement bars in India was an important milestone in creating a market for sustainable steel. He further commented that Tata Steel is committed to proving that going green in producing steel products makes business sense and adds to the nation's goal of reducing overall CO2 emissions.
The organization believes that there is an urgent need to bring down the environmental footprint during the manufacturing of steel products and supply more sustainable steel to the Indian construction sector.
GreenPro is a Type-1 Ecolabelling program, the presence of which on a product would show that it has a lower environmental impact and contributes towards enhancing the performance of green buildings and companies. As of now, more than 125 material manufacturing companies and building products have adopted GreenPro Ecolabel for 1,800+ products and are available in the market for the construction of green buildings.
The executive director of CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, K. S. Venkatagiri, said that the company would support the incorporation of green measures at rerolling mills and steel unit manufacturers. It would also help reduce their resource consumption in order to gain considerable market reach in the construction industry by adopting GreenPro Ecolabel for steel products. This change is expected to lead to an ultimate market transformation in the production and consumption of steel in the country.
As per the recent stats, buildings and construction activities collectively account for approximately 36% of global energy use and 39% of energy-related CO2 emissions. Embodied carbon accounts for 11% of the building's emissions and is essentially from materials like steel, cement, concrete, glass, etc. The application of green or low carbon materials has the potential to reduce the life cycle environmental impacts in the construction sector.