US, steel groups call for climate cooperation

Dec 13, 2007 | 02:52 PM | Rory Carroll

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has welcomed a call from the global steel industry at a major climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, that a global sectoral approach is needed to address climate change.

"The steel sector is part of a climate change solution," Andrew G. Sharkey III, AISI president and chief executive officer, said. "America's steel industry has reduced its energy intensity per ton of steel shipped by 29 percent since 1990." He said the industry is ahead of Kyoto greenhouse gas emission goals by 240 percent.

The AISI statement came after the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) appealed earlier Thursday for governments to work with the steel industry to draw up emissions regulations that would minimize the effects of the industry on climate change.

Speaking at the Bali environment conference, IISI secretary-general Ian Christmas asked governments to commit to....

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