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Aluminum Association publishes first sustainability reportAluminum Association publishes first sustainability report

Allan Gerlat

September 16, 2011

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Aluminum Association publishes first sustainability report

The Aluminum Association Inc. has published the first sustainability report on the North American aluminum industry, which includes highlights on recycling.

 The 70-page report, titled, "Aluminum: The Element of Sustainability," documents the industry’s sustainability improvements over the past 20 years, including a 72 percent reduction in cumulative greenhouse gas emissions and a 17 percent reduction in energy demand from primary aluminum production. From secondary aluminum production, greenhouse gas emissions fell 65 percent and energy demand 58 percent.

“This study puts hard data behind the key metrics that define sustainability for the aluminum industry,” said Aluminum Association President Steve Larkin in a press release. It details dramatic reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions that the industry has achieved through process and technological improvements.”

Recycling figures prominently in the report, which states that in 2009 the recycling of aluminum offset approximately 88 percent of major resource use found in primary production.

The report states that consumer items such as beverage cans have a 50 to 60 percent recycling rate. Larger commercial items are recycled from between 80 to 95 percent.

“Increasing recycling is absolutely essential for the aluminum industry to achieve its sustainability goals,” the report says.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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