Melanie Williams
Sustainability Consultant
Melanie Williams Consulting

Will the gains for green aluminium be sustainable?

Green aluminium has, for the first time, received a premium over standard prices in Europe according to a number of sources. The recent news has been about low carbon primary aluminium, which refers mainly to aluminium smelted with renewable electricity. But the term ‘green aluminium’ covers different types of aluminium, including recycled aluminium, all with reduced environmental impact. So which green aluminium will be next to benefit and will the gains be sustainable?

There are both financial and reputational arguments for reducing the carbon footprint of products and producing them from sustainably sourced raw materials. My presentation will look at the latest information on regulatory and reputational factors driving demand for sustainable aluminium and its products.


Melanie is an ASI registered specialist, helping companies implement the requirements of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. She started her career with BP, spending ten years developing new processes for the chemicals and refining businesses. She also worked in technology licensing, intellectual property management and competitor analysis for BP. Melanie has extensive experience of environmental measurement from her work as Group Leader for SERCO at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK, for over ten years. In 2012 Melanie started her own company, which offers strategic consulting and practical support on sustainability and the environment, working with processors, producers, and sustainability schemes. Melanie has an MA in Natural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge.