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The Aluminum Agenda

A Policy Roadmap for a Competitive U.S. Aluminum Industry

The U.S. aluminum industry is an essential element of the nation’s manufacturing base, generating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, driving innovation and increasing energy efficiency in transportation, packaging, building and construction and other markets. With record demand, ongoing capital investment and job growth, now is the time for policymakers to act to support the U.S. aluminum industry in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

To that end, the Aluminum Association released the Aluminum Agenda: A Policy Roadmap for a Competitive U.S. Aluminum Industry. The document, developed in consultation with aluminum companies spanning the entire industry value chain, identifies five areas essential for future growth and investment in the United States: Trade, Environment, Infrastructure, Energy and Workforce. Click here to read the full Agenda.

Following the 2021 inauguration, the association released an addendum to the Aluminum Agenda, the Presidential Policy Brief: Recommendations for a Strong U.S. Aluminum Industry. The brief includes several recommendations for the new Biden administration and Congress to support a growing and vibrant aluminum sector right here in the United States. 

The policy areas include:

Read the full Policy Brief here.

The association is developing detailed frameworks for key policy areas, including:

Top Priorities


Ensure continued access to reliable, affordable and efficient domestic energy sources. Promote aluminum recycling to support secondary production. Learn more.


Develop common sense, science-based regulation in areas including air and water quality, chemical reporting and vehicle fuel economy standards. Learn more.


Increase long-term public and private funding and enact various reforms to recognize the benefits of sustainable materials to help shore up the nation’s highways, transit systems, electric grid and other critical infrastructure. Learn more.


Negotiate with China to address structural aluminum overcapacity, eliminate trade barriers for countries that play by the rules and pursue targeted trade enforcement for countries that do not. Learn more.


Promote policies to enable the recruitment of a skilled and diverse workforce and improve workplace health and safety. Learn more.

Support a Strong Industry

There are a number of specific steps policymakers can take to support the U.S. aluminum industry’s continued global competitiveness

  • Establish import monitoring system for aluminum, coordinated across North America.
  • Enact changes to improve Section 232 exclusion process.
  • Ensure USMCA implementation benefits aluminum producers and customers.
  • Support consumer recycling and incentivize collection of recyclable aluminum.
  • Defend life-cycle benefits of U.S. aluminum production in climate policy proposal.
  • Promote aluminum in federal infrastructure investments.



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