A peer-reviewed life-cycle assessment (LCA) study shows a major decline in energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions for primary aluminum production in the U.S. and Canada. The study covers all life cycle impacts from aluminum production through semi-fabrication. An executive summary, full report and two-page briefing document are available for download below.
The study shows an enormous amount of energy and emissions savings for the aluminum industry in the US and Canada.
Aluminum production in North America is more sustainable today than at any time in history.
Increasing aluminum usage helps off-set many of the environmental impact of aluminum production.
Increased recycling is another great way to save energy and drive the metal's sustainability advantage.
These findings come from a multi-year life-cycle assessment (LCA) study released by the Aluminum Association examining the environmental impact of modern aluminum production. The study reviewed the 2010 production year and incorporates data from 25 companies, representing 95 percent of primary metal production and the majority of the industry in the U.S. and Canada. The full report is available for download below.