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Trimble partners with ResponsibleSteel to develop sustainable steel technology

Trimble’s Tekla software can be used for engineering steel structures. (Image source: Trimble)

Digital construction solutions provider Trimble has partnered with ResponsibleSteel, an independent and non-profit organisation

ResponsibleSteel represents the steel industry's first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative. Thanks to the partnership, there will be more innovative technology solutions, which adhere to their sustainability targets. 

Trimble’s Tekla software can be used for the design, engineering, fabrication, and detailing of steel structures. The solution helps engineering, detailing, and construction companies, as well as fabrication shops to accurately calculate and plan the use of steel in structures. Similarly, Tekla's embodied carbon calculator allows designers and detailers to promptly compare the carbon impact of various structural options and evaluate the potential environmental implications of these designs. 

Trimble has also received approval for its emissions reduction targets in 2022 from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a coalition of the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature, thereby joining a growing number of companies taking immediate action on climate change.

As one of the major industrial producers of CO2, the steel sector is adopting an industry-wide strategy to ensure that steel is responsibly sourced and produced. With owners and managers of both building and infrastructure assets expecting their construction partners to promote the use of sustainable materials, Trimble can offer advanced solutions that assist stakeholders in moving closer to their sustainability goals. 

Paul Wallett, regional director of Trimble Solutions Middle East and India said, “As concerns about climate change rise, it is critical to adopt innovative and sustainable methods for construction activities. We believe ResponsibleSteel has the ability to fundamentally reshape the way that steel is produced, distributed, procured, and used, resulting in significantly positive results.” 

Annie Heaton, ResponsibleSteel’s CEO, said, “As the only global multi-stakeholder initiative for the responsible production of steel, we offer a space for companies throughout the steel value chain to unite, collaborate, and influence the industry's future. Tekla software allows engineers to measure and compare the carbon footprint of different structural designs, helping to reduce their environmental impact.”

“By aligning with ResponsibleSteel, Trimble and Trimble technologies can play an important role in helping to drive the production and use of low-carbon steel as well as help position the construction industry as a sustainability innovator,” said Dietmar Grimm, vice president, at Trimble’s corporate strategy and sustainability division.