Sustainability

Energy Efficiency

The unique properties of lead mean that it is one of the most energy efficient construction materials available.

  • With a low melting point of 327°C, lead has one of the lowest energy demands of any metal and lowers the cost of recycling.
  • Because of lead’s low melting point the process of recycling is very energy efficient, requiring approximately one-third of the energy involved in winning lead from its ore. 
  • One of the elements considered in a life cycle analysis is the impact on global warming and lead sheet has a considerable advantage over other metals.