Aluminum Cans Recognized As Superior Beverage Packaging By Bevnet.Com’s Best Of 2012 Awards

ARLINGTON, VA.
Today, the Aluminum Association congratulated four beverage companies using aluminum packaging that were recognized by BevNET.com’s “Best of 2012” product awards. Selected from a pool of nearly 300 new products, line extensions and brand updates, categories included Best Functional Product and Best Product Revamp. BevNET.com is the world’s leading beverage-oriented media company.

Aluminum can products were featured in four of the fifteen product categories, including:

New Study Shows Aluminum Superior to Steel in Shedding Vehicle Body Mass, Boosting Fuel Economy

Industry Reveals Results of New Vehicle Design Study at 2013 SAE World Congress

A new study released today shows that an all-aluminum vehicle can shed more than 40 percent body mass, boosting fuel economy by 18 percent when combined with secondary mass savings and other design changes. The study helps explain why car and truck makers are shifting away from steel to aluminum, and supports projections that aluminum-intensive vehicles will become more common in the marketplace with continued demand for more fuel efficient vehicles.

Statement on President Obama's Climate Change Plan

From Heidi Biggs Brock, President of the Aluminum Association

"The aluminum industry is aggressively working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The industry has proactively taken steps in recent years to reduce its own carbon footprint by cutting North American perfluorocarbon (PFC) emissions by 85% since 1991. The unique characteristics of aluminum make it the material of choice for many applications developed specifically to improve energy efficiency, from cool metal roofs to light weight automotive parts that reduce the consumption of fuels.

Major Sustainability Gains for North American Aluminum Industry

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. 

Sustainability Reports

The North American aluminum industry, through the work of the Aluminum Association, was an early pioneer in developing comprehensive, peer-reviewed research on the environmental impact of material production and use. The aluminum industry supports the life cycle assessment approach to research which tracks the impact of a product in all stages of its life -- from raw material extraction, to production and use, to disposal or recycling.

Following are several key studies on the aluminum industry’s environmental impact: