Dec. 01, 2022
Nippon Steel Corporation
Nippon Steel Corporation ("Nippon Steel") has obtained EcoLeaf Declaration(*1) certification under the Japan EPD Program, which is run by the Sustainable Management Promotion Organization or SuMPO, for our Electrical Steel Sheets and Nickel Plated Steel Sheet (product name: SUPERNICKELTM)(*2).
EcoLeaf Declaration is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)(*1) certification program for disclosing quantitative environmental information that covers the entire lifecycle of a product, from resource extraction to manufacturing/assembly, distribution, use, disposal and recycling, by using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. This program enables our customers to objectively assess the environmental impact throughout the lifecycles of the Electrical Steel Sheets and Nickel Plated Steel Sheet.
The Electrical Steel Sheet is a type of steel that is used in the iron cores in motors and generators of electric vehicles, air-conditioners and a variety of other electrical devices, and in transformers used for power transmission and distribution. Amid growing demand and high performance requirements for electric vehicle motors and the trend toward stricter regulations to improve efficiency in transformers, we have earned high marks from domestic and international customers by proposing optimal materials that balance conflicting needs at a high level and by promoting measures to improve the capacity and quality. Furthermore, Nippon Steel's Electrical Steel Sheet is positioned as part of the NSCarbolex™ Solution(*3) announced on November 1, 2022, and we are working to provide value to help realize a carbon-neutral society by helping customers reduce CO2 emissions from use of our products and helping save energy during power transmission and distribution. In addition, we are also considering measures to further improve our capacity to meet growing demand and upgrade our products in the future.
SUPERNICKELTM is a steel sheet product used in storage batteries (secondary batteries), which are becoming increasingly important amid efforts to realize a decarbonized society, as well as in dry cells (primary batteries), consumer products such as stationery, and automobiles. Featuring excellent workability, strict inclusion control, high plating adhesion and extensive options for materials,
Nippon Steel's SUPERNICKELTM is designed to achieve a longer lifespan for customers' nickel plated products, improve productivity and strengthen the products, thereby helping reduce CO2 emissions and environmental impact.
Electrical Steel Sheets and Nickel Plated Steel Sheet are essential products for electric vehicle motors and storage batteries (secondary batteries), which are key components for the electrification of automobiles. Nippon Steel is the world's only integrated steel manufacturer that produces both Electrical Steel Sheets and Nickel Plated Steel Sheet, and is helping realize a carbon-neutral society by providing optimal materials amid rapid transitions for decarbonization.
Since December 2019, when Nippon Steel first obtained the EcoLeaf Declaration certification for H-shapes, we have so far obtained 41 EcoLeaf Declaration certifications for a wide range of items and products, covering most of our steel products. In our latest achievement, Nippon Steel has become the first company in Japan to obtain EcoLeaf Declaration certification for Electrical Steel Sheets and Nickel Plated Steel Sheet. As initiatives for carbon neutrality accelerate worldwide, customers are evaluating companies based not only on conventional criteria, but also on the materials they use in an increasing number of business sectors.
Nippon Steel will pursue world-leading technologies and manufacturing capabilities while actively disclosing the environmental performance of our steel products, which are highly recyclable, environmentally friendly, sustainable and in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.
(Reference) Our Electrical Steel Sheets and Nickel Plated Steel Sheet certified with EcoLeaf Declaration
Non-Oriented Electrical Steel Sheets [JA-AW-22021E]
Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel Sheets [JA-AW-22020E]
Cold-Rolled Steel Sheets and Coils (SUYP, LSS, SPCCE) [JA-AW-22019E]
Hot-Rolled Steel Sheets and Coils (DT, PCYH) [JA-AW-22018E]
With regard to the above products, the LCI data on the Setouchi Works Hirohata Area are data for the dust recycling reduced iron production - cold iron source dissolution method.
Nickel plated steel sheet SUPERNICKELTM [JA-AW-22017E]
*1: SuMPO Environmental Label Program EcoLeaf Declaration
A Type III environmental declaration in accordance with the ISO14025 standard, also known as an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). EPDs provide quantitative environmental information on the lifecycles of declared products, from the extraction of resources to manufacturing/assembly, distribution, use and disposal/recycling. The EcoLeaf Declaration is operated and administered by the Sustainable Management Promotion Organization.
*2: Please refer to the following URLs for brochure of our Electrical Steel Sheets and SUPERNICKEL™
Brochure for Electrical Steel Sheets
Brochure for SUPERNICKELTM
*3: Nippon Steel Launches NSCarbolexTM Solution — Solution Brand to Contribute to CO2 Emission Reduction in Society (announced on November 1, 2022)