Sustainability is about much more than just the environment.
The stainless steel industry also aims to operate in an economically sustainable way that respects the well-being of its employees and the people and communities associated with its businesses.
The stainless industry is constantly looking for ways to improve its environmental performance.
More information about stainless steel and sustainability can be found on this website.
Utilising stainless steel to create railcars increases the sustainability profile of the rail industry. Its durability and minimal maintenance requirements make stainless a good choice economically. Energy saving lightweight designs, a high level of recycled content and 100% recyclability at-the-end of life are the cornerstones of stainless steel’s environmental profile. Add the bright contemporary finish of stainless steel and the sustainability profile of the rail industry is further strengthened. Stainless steel in railcars is a good example of how the social, economic and environmental factors of material selection interact to make a technical solution sustainable.
Stainless steel is finding increasing use in tunnels for its fire and corrosion resistance properties and long maintenance-free life. This new brochure in the Sustainable Stainless series provides detailed case studies which demonstrate why stainless steel is becoming the material of choice in road, rail, metro and long sub-sea tunnels.
Duplex stainless steels are increasingly used as structural materials in building and architecture because of their exceptional mechanical properties. Their room temperature yield strength in the solution annealed condition is more than twice that of standard austenitic stainless steels not alloyed with nitrogen. Over the last few years, they have started playing an increasingly important role in the construction of bridges, wherever specific environmental conditions combine with the need for high load-bearing capability.