The global trend is looking towards a “Zero CO2 emission economy” which is supporting the production of aluminium from recycle. This is an important key to a sustainable economy and what experts foresee, is that in the next five years the use of secondary aluminium is expected to increase constantly, helping in an important way to reduce CO2 emissions.
With its lightness, almost endless recyclability, and properties coming from alloy with other elements, aluminium is the ideal material to accompany and intensify the green transition. We are running fast towards the possibility to buy green AL, which means aluminium produced and manufactured with the lowest CO2 emission possible and certified carbon footprint throughout the whole value chain.
” The carbon footprint is the measure expressing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated, directly or indirectly, with a product, organization or service in CO2 equivalent. The phase of quantifying the product Carbon Footprint (achievable – however – also towards events, processes, production sites, territorial areas, etc.) becomes an opportunity for business management, since it allows to understand the inefficiencies and environmental weaknesses of the company production cycles.
There must be a review of production of AL industry’s models implementing technologies, digitalization and create a more competitive, green and sustainable industry”.
Europe has produced 30% less primary AL since 2008 ; on the one hand it is “strategic” in terms of Green Transition but on the other one pushed Europe to procure the metal necessary for demand from non-EU countries, jeopardising so the positive “green” efforts.
Within 2030 European industries are called to cut significantly the CO2 emissions that is why production of recycled AL is highly encouraged. Aluminium from recycle is the most essential input material. It is often categorised as “new scrap” from production processes and “old scrap” from post consumer use. Adding elements such as Mg, Si, Mn or other elements, scrap creates high purity ingots from remelt.
The production of AL coming from scrap still keeps its high performance in terms of efficiency, decarbonisation and sustainability; this is possible because scrap is remelted with chemical elements to produce alloys with high performance and purity, a recycled aluminium form ingots akin to primary AL.
Automotive, building & construction, IT and transport are only some sectors in which AL can express its maximum potential , contributing to a global carbon footprint and sustainable future.