We are all aware about the elements that we can’t live without, viz. water, oxygen, etc. But how many would also put steel into this category? We are driving cars, staying in homes, using various appliances & utensils, walking through bridges, passing by traffic signals, chucking metal cans, taking selfies in front of skyscrapers and steel pervades this endless list of activities. Steel is in your electronics too! Of all the materials that make up an average computer, about 25% is steel. Life without steel is inconceivable.
When considering GHG emissions, a key factor in understanding the real environmental impact of a material is its Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The LCA approach considers the total greenhouse gas emissions generated by the production, use and end-of-life (recycling or disposal) phases of a product. When the total life cycle of a material is taken into account, steel has an edge over others - in terms of competitiveness, strength, durability, recyclability and versatility.
Steel is also of strategic importance to any industrial nation. It is often said that the steel industry is the barometer of the economic health of the nation. It is but natural that the world’s largest steel makers are also the world’s largest economies. Historically, all major developed economies during their industrialization phase have been supported by a strong domestic steel industry. This talk will indicate how and why technical students from all streams should appreciate the importance of “Understanding Steel”.
About the Speaker: Dr. Aruna Sharma is a Graduate in Science and Post Graduate in English and Development Studies. She also holds a PhD Degree in Development Economics from the University of Delhi. During her career in the IAS of about 36 years, she has specialized in the fields of Finance, Industrial Promotion, Communication & I.T., and Sustainable Development. Her work on Resource Convergence has been published by UNDP. FAP has also published her Country Paper on Food Security. As Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MietY), Government of India, she contributed to the development of GeM Portal and NSP Scholarship Portal of 16 Departments and 38 schemes.
She has published several papers and has been bestowed with several awards and citations. She is currently Secretary in the Ministry of Steel, Government of India and is involved in policy making at the highest level.