Fall 2015
Brandie M. Sebstian, LCACP
Manager, Life Cycle Assessment
Steel Recycling Institute (a unit of American Iron and Steel Institute)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Energy and Steel: A Life Cycle Assessment Perspective

Steel is a prevalent material in modern society, found in the buildings we occupy, cars we drive, appliances we use, and packaging of our food, as well as in energy equipment and infrastructure. The making of steel is energy-intensive and the life cycle environmental footprint of steel products is highly dependent on the amount and types of energy used. This presentation will describe the main production routes for steelmaking, the practice of life cycle assessment and its uses, the significance of energy in the environmental impacts of steel products, and the potential for improvements in the North American steel industry.


Brandie Sebastian is the Manager of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brandie is a certified LCA practitioner through the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). She serves as the Vice Chair/Secretary of the ACLCA Board and is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO standards on LCA. Prior to joining SRI in June 2013, Brandie spent over six years in environmental and sustainability consulting. She holds a M.S. degree in Energy & Geo-Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Penn State University.