Gerd Götz
Director General,
European Aluminium

A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Aluminium

The European aluminium industry is committed to taking a holistic approach to run its operations sustainably and is embracing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to complying with Europe’s demanding regulatory environment, the industry has set voluntary commitments under the Sustainability Roadmap Towards 2025 to achieve sustainable production, innovative applications and a positive contribution to society. In addition, its Vision 2050 and a detailed Circular Aluminium Action Plan complete its sustainability ambitions.

Any comprehensive definition of sustainable aluminium must consider all steps of the aluminium value chain, from sourcing raw materials to the management of the end-of-life of products, holistically covering all relevant sustainability aspects along environmental, social, and governance pillars.

In this session, European Aluminium will present its short and mid-term sustainability programme, its approach towards the concept of sustainable aluminium, and what the EU/industry can do to foster sustainable aluminium production in Europe.


Gerd Götz has been Director General of European Aluminium since 2013. Gerd has held different managing roles in public affairs, corporate communications and brand management in Berlin, Hamburg, Brussels and Amsterdam. He was most recently Vice President and Global Head of Public Affairs with Royal Philips. A German national, he studied Business Administration and Economics in Berlin and Paris-Dauphine, and earned his Ph.D. from Berlin’s Free University.