In order to qualify for being described as 'sustainable', any process, organisation or artifact must meet three criteria:
Economic sustainability: be affordable, provide value for money, and contribute to the general prosperity of society
Social sustainability: contribute to the wellbeing of people and society, by providing incomes, opportunities for advancement and a safe and healthy working environment, while interacting positively and respectfully with stakeholder communities
Environmental sustainability: prevent degradation of the environment, manage natural resources and minimise the contribution to climate change.
The steel industry worldwide has done more than most industries to pursue sustainability and to demonstrate in a responsible and scientific way that it is actually sustainable. Based on that body of work we can say without hesitation that the steel construction industry in South Africa is truly sustainable.
Find information on the sustainability of steel at the following links:
- SustainableSteel.co.uk ( search under ‘sustainability’ )
- The BCSA sustainability charter
- BCSA sustainability facts
- Steel the Envirometal
- American Institute of Steel Construction