Upgrade and save in CO₂ emissions with SSAB EcoUpgraded concept

Together with our customers, SSAB continuously upgrades the material and design of applications. The benefits of upgrading to high-strength steel include reduced weight, improved fuel economy and extended product lifetime – all of which significantly contribute to reducing a product’s carbon footprint.

The SSAB EcoUpgraded concept saves CO2 both in steel production and during the full lifetime of the end product.

When upgrading from standard steel to SSAB high-strength steel, you can cut the weight of the end product while maintaining the same strength and increasing durability and productivity. From a life cycle perspective, this is beneficial as most of the environmental impact comes from the end product’s use phase.

In the SSAB EcoUpgraded app, you enter machine type and operational parameters. The app presents a visual report on your estimated savings.

  • Fuel savings over equipment lifetime
  • CO2 savings over equipment lifetime
  • CO2 payback time

You can save the results and share the report as PDF

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EcoUpgraded - How to save carbon dioxide

1. How to save carbon dioxide

The SSAB EcoUpgraded concept helps save CO2 both in steel production and during the full lifetime of the end product. The material efficiency and transport efficiency both contribute to the CO2 savings.

With high-strength steel, the end product can be designed lighter (less steel produced). With wear-resistant, high-strength steel, the end product also lasts longer (longer service life). With lower weight, the end product will need less fuel for the same work (lower weight). Fewer trips for the same load is the result when the reduced own weight leads to increased payload (higher capacity).

EcoUpgraded Basket of CO2 savings

2. Basket of CO₂ savings

The CO2 savings differ for each application depending on whether or not the design is weight critical. In a non-weight critical design, the CO2 savings come from lower weight and less steel produced. If the weight of the design is critical, the higher capacity also contributes to the savings. In addition, the use of wear steel will contribute through a longer service life.

EcoUpgraded CO2 payback time

3. CO₂ payback time

By upgrading with steel from SSAB, manufacturers will quickly be able to compensate for the CO2 emissions from steel production during the use of the product. And once the break-even point has been reached, the application will continue to deliver CO2 savings amounting to many times the original CO2 debt.

EcoUpgraded concept calculations and estimates

EcoUpgraded calculations
EcoUpgraded CO2 payback time

Application Examples

The amount of savings and payback time varies for each end product. We’ve gathered some examples from different industries – trailers and bodybuilders, trucks and buses, recycling, raw material handling, lifting, yellow goods and construction machinery and automotive – and calculated the typical savings.

Hardox EcoUpgraded Cases

EcoUpgrading tippers and containers with Hardox

Strenx EcoUpgraded Cases

EcoUpgrading cranes and trailers with Strenx

Hardox EcoUpgraded Cases

Mining truck body

“Less steel – more payload”
Mining truck body

SSAB EcoUpgraded Domestic waste transfer trailer

Think inside the box
Domestic waste transfer trailer

SSAB EcoUpgraded Construction excavator heavy duty bucket

Less weight means faster work
Construction excavator heavy duty bucket

Move cargo – not steel
Scrap recycling container

Articulated savings
Articulated hauler

Immediate results
Dumper body

Chipping away at emissions
Wood chip side tipper

Winds of change – less drag, more load

Skip every 10th trip
Semi-trailer scrap box

Heavy metal getting lighter
Mining truck box

22 tons of CO2 savings
Tipping trailer

A lighter Giant

duty tipper

Less steel - more coal
Heavy duty tipper

Dump box

The annual profit increase with
Hardox® 500 Tuf, Dump box


Less weight makes light work
Mining backhoe bucket


The link to savings
Wood chip elevator

Strenx EcoUpgraded Cases

SSAB Strenx EcoUpgraded Roll-on containers

Streamlined savings
Roll-on containers

SSAB Strenx EcoUpgraded Loader crane

Hooked on savings
Loader crane

Lift your payload
Truck with loader crane

CO₂ emissions payback in 3 months
Timber trailer

Less is more – higher load in every trip

Tipper trailer

From good to great
Tipper trailer chassis

highway hauler

Loaded with savings
Off-highway hauler

SSAB Strenx EcoUpgraded Control arms

It's all in the details
Control arms