Sustainability is a social, economic, and environmental commitment to growth and development that safeguards the quality of life for everyone today, and for future generations. Protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources are key considerations.


Steel is one of the most widely-used materials on the planet. For every two tonnes produced, one tonne is made to replace rusted steel. The energy required to produce one tonne of steel could satisfy an average family's power needs for several weeks. The cost to an industrialized country’s economy to maintain and replace rusted steel is estimated to be at least 4% of GDP each year.


Zinc ore itself is a plentiful natural resource that's mined in Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia Pacific and the Americas. It can be recycled indefinitely without any loss of its chemical or physical properties. Currently, around 30% (2 million tonnes per year) of the zinc used throughout the world is from recycled sources. 80% of the zinc available from recycling sources is recovered in the recycling process for reuse.


The use of zinc for the protection of steel provides unsurpassed long-term corrosion resistance. This greatly reduces the need for expensive maintenance and repair costs and the subsequent negative impact this has on energy consumption and demand for natural resources. Furthermore, as galvanized steel is maintenance free, it also eliminates the need for toxic solvent containing paints which release harmful volatile organic compounds into the environment.

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