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    Addressing the Problem of Greenwashing in the Aluminum Industry

    By Subodh Das, Phinix, LLC, and Martin Hartlieb, Viami International Inc. Environmental sustainability has become a major trend across aluminum and other industries. A vast majority of companies are aspiring to achieve lower carbon resources in their operations and products, based on circular economy and Paris Agreement parameters. Generally, this trend is positive. However, while […]

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    New Study Finds Aluminum Cans Are Vital to a Circular Economy

    The International Aluminium Institute (IAI)  released the first comprehensive public study analyzing the recycling value chain for single-use beverage containers in five key markets. The data shows that today more than 70% of the material used in aluminum cans is recycled into new products — almost double that of glass (34%) and plastic (40%). Accordingly, […]

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    Hydro Invests in Carbon Capture to Eliminate Emissions from Aluminum Production

    Hydro is investing US$20 million in Verdox, a spin-off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is commercializing an all-electric carbon capture technology. The new technology will be applicable for capturing emissions from both aluminum production and directly from the air. It will be utilized at Hydro’s aluminum smelters to reduce their overall carbon […]

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    EGA Plans to Build Its First Aluminum Recycling Facility

    Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) announced that it plans to build a 150,000 tonnes per year aluminum recycling facility, which will be the company’s first and also the largest of its kind in the UAE. EGA intends to market their recycled aluminum under the product name EternAL. The facility will process post-consumer aluminum scrap from the […]

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    Alcoa Develops New Scrap Purification Process

    Alcoa has developed a new, patented process for the purification of post-consumer aluminum scrap. This ASTREA™ process is designed to process low quality scrap (such as zorba, which is comprised of shredded aluminum and other nonferrous metals from automobiles) into an extremely high purity level equivalent to or surpassing P0101 aluminum alloys (containing only 0.1% […]

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    IAI Models Decarbonization Scenario to Help Drive Emissions Reductions

    The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has modeled a 1.5 Degree Scenario to guide the aluminum industry’s efforts to meet global climate goals. The modeling is based on International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Net-Zero by 2050 scenario, combined with the IAI’s material flow analysis and future demand scenarios. According to the IAI, this scenario is the most […]

  • Share of primary and recycled aluminum through 2050, based on 2019 collection rates for end-of-life products. Source: IAI.)

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    Worldwide Post-Consumer Aluminum Scrap Intake Surpasses 20 Million Tonnes

    The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) released an update of its Material Flow Model, which reveals new data on global scrap usage within the aluminum industry. The new data shows a record 20 million tonnes of post-consumer scrap intake in 2019 — representing about 60% of total scrap intake. This increased usage of post-consumer scrap avoids […]

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    The Sustainable Road Ahead: International Aluminum Organizations Present Environmental Goals

    Aluminum is vital to the society in which we live. Our homes, workplaces, vehicles, digital devices, packaging, and buildings that provide shelter and security – to name just a few examples – rely heavily on aluminum. Furthermore, the lightweight metal is integral to global emissions reduction efforts, with solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles […]

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    IAI Releases 2020 Total Global Primary Aluminum and Alumina Production Data

    The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has released its annual global statistics for both primary aluminum and alumina production, covering the year 2020. The latest dataset is available on the IAI website. Primary Aluminum Production The IAI data shows that Covid-19 did not lead to a reduction in global aluminum production in 2020. Production in China […]