“This study puts hard data behind the key metrics that define sustainability for the aluminum industry,” said Steve Larkin, President of the Aluminum Association. “It details dramatic reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions that the industry has achieved through process and technological improvements.” The report also quantifies aluminum’s sustainability contributions during the product and end-of-life phases. Aluminum’s use in automotive and light truck applications alone almost wholly neutralizes the environmental impacts associated with the industry’s primary production activities, the study found. “Light-weighting” vehicles with aluminum in 2009 offset: · 90% of the energy consumption associated with primary aluminum production; · 96% of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production.
Recycling aluminum—which uses only 5 percent of the energy and generates only 5 percent of the emissions associated with primary aluminum production—further compounds the metal’s sustainability dividends. According to the report, in 2009, the recycling of aluminum offset approximately 88 percent of major resource use associated with primary aluminum production. “This report adds significantly to the growing body of research that indicates that the North American aluminum industry—and the products it produces—is on a path to becoming truly sustainable,” said Larkin. “Seventy percent of all the aluminum ever manufactured—dating back 125 years and over multiple generations—is still in use today. With aluminum’s ability to be recycled infinitely, our industry intends to grow that percentage ever higher by recycling all of our aluminum for future generations’ use,” he added. The full report can be downloaded at www.aluminum.org/SustainabilityRepo
The international journal for industry, research and application of aluminium is published monthly. It provides information on all topical issues concerning the material, its production, processing, recycling and application. Furthermore, economic topics and ecological consequences of aluminium application are discussed. Thirty percent of all articles in the journal are written in English.
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