Get the facts: World steel recycling in figures 2015 – 2019

  • 29 May 2020
  • Publications | Facts & Figures

In their 11th edition, the BIR statistics ‘World Steel Recycling in Figures’ represent the only worldwide data overview of ferrous scrap flows and usage in the production of steel and provide a compilation of important statistics relating to the global steel scrap markets.

By producing these statistics, BIR provides its members, political decision makers, the international press and the wider public with precious information on the trade flows that take place so that ferrous scrap can be used across the globe as indispensable raw material while saving an estimated 950 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually - a figure greater than the CO2 emissions of the entire EU transportation sector.

Did you know?

  • Steel scrap consumption soared 15% in China last year to 215.93 million tonnes; this compares to 187.77 million tonnes in 2018 and underlines China’s position as the world’s largest steel scrap user.
  • In 2019, there was an increase to around 491 million tonnes in the amount of steel scrap used by key countries and regions (+3.4% compared to the previous year) while related crude steel production was around 1.533 billion tonnes.
  • 630 million tonnes of steel scrap are recycled every year, saving around 950 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually - a figure greater than the CO2 emissions of the entire EU transportation sector.

These, and many other important facts can be found in “World Steel Recycling in Figures 2015-2019”.

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