Commenting on the findings, EA’s director general Gerd Götz said: “The report demonstrates that the industry is delivering on its aim to realize the industry’s greenhouse gas reduction potential towards 2050 as set out in the “Sustainability Roadmap Towards 2025”. Aluminium production in Europe now leads the world in most aspects of low-carbon production. For instance, the carbon intensity of European primary aluminium production is approximately three times lower than in China, which is the world’s largest producer of primary aluminium.”
Key findings from the report include:
# The carbon intensity of primary aluminium production in Europe decreased by 21% versus 2010 and by 55% versus 1990.
# The carbon intensity of the primary aluminium production in Europe is around 7 kg CO2e per kg of aluminium produced compared with a global average of 18 kg CO2e per kg Al and a Chinese average of 20 kg CO2e per kg Al.
# There is a strong decrease of the carbon intensity of semi-fabrication processes in Europe: the carbon intensity for the aluminium rolling mill process decreased by 25% since 2010 and the carbon intensity for the extrusion process decreased by 11%.
# The carbon intensity of process scrap recycling (remelting) in Europe decreased by 9% since 2010.
The environmental impact of the primary aluminium production has decreased significantly while the environmental performance of primary aluminium consumed in Europe has remained stable. There has also been a substantial improvement in the environmental performance of the semi-fabrication processes (rolling and extrusion) and the recycling industry in Europe.
The report covers the environmental impact of the entire aluminium value chain in Europe, from metal supply (primary and recycling) to semi-fabrication (rolling, foil and extrusion). In addition to providing accurate and reliable data on aluminium industry’s environmental performance in Europe, it also includes Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) datasets for the key process steps essential for calculating the environmental impact of products using aluminium. These new datasets, based on 2015 production data from EA’s members, update the 2010 versions.