July 6, 2023
News Release 23-060
Inv. No(s). 332-598
Contact: Lawrence Jones, 202-205-1819

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is undertaking a new factfinding investigation that will assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of steel and aluminum produced in the United States. As part of its investigation, the Commission will conduct a survey by issuing questionnaires to firms with facilities producing steel and aluminum in the United States, whether U.S. or foreign owned, to collect data on their production of these goods and associated GHG emissions.

The Commission is conducting this investigation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensities of the U.S. Steel and Aluminum Industries at the Product Level, Inv. No. 332-598, at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on June 5, 2023.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, federal agency, will prepare a public report. The report will provide, to the extent practicable:

  1.  GHG emissions intensity estimates of steel and aluminum produced in the United States by product category and  production stage in 2022, with data on Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions defined as:
  2.  Scope 1: Direct emissions from the facility’s owned or controlled sources.
  3.  Scope 2: Indirect emissions from the generation of the facility’s purchased energy, including electricity, steam, heat, or  cooling.
  4.  Certain scope 3 emissions: Emissions associated with material and resource inputs for the production of steel and  aluminum.
  5.  A description of the methodologies used to collect relevant information and to analyze product-specific GHG emissions  intensities for the range of steel and aluminum products made in the United States.

The USITC expects to submit its report to the USTR by January 28, 2025.

The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on December 7, 2023. A link to the hearing will be posted on the Commission’s website at https://www.usitc.gov/calendarpad/calendar.html.  

Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 17, 2023, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. See below for important information regarding filing a request to appear at a USITC hearing.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission and should be submitted no later than 5:15 p.m. on June 28, 2024. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.  See below for important information regarding the filing of written submissions for USITC investigations.

IMPORTANT:  All filings to appear at the hearing and written submissions must be made through the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS, https://edis.usitc.gov). No in-person paper-based filings or paper copies of any electronic filings will be accepted until further notice. Persons with questions regarding electronic filing should contact the Office of the Secretary, Docket Services Division (EDIS3Help@USITC.gov), or consult the Commission’s Handbook on Filing Procedures.

Further information on the scope of the investigation is available in the USITC’s notice of investigation, dated July 5, 2023, which can be downloaded from the USITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at commissionhearings@usitc.gov.


About factfinding investigations: USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs, trade, and competitiveness and are generally conducted under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission’s objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.



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