The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) commissioned Imperial College, London to obtain the energy requirements and carbon footprint impact for the production of primary and secondary metals.

Data presented in the report enables an estimated saving of 136MtCO2 in 2006 to be derived by recycling aluminium scrap based on mean energy figures, but that primary production generates 80% more CO2 when compared with primary production of steel. By Editor Aluminium International Today