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Sustainability Supplement

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Sustainability Supplement

The last couple of years have seen the introduction of a number of low carbon aluminium products released into the market. However, the lines can sometimes be slightly blurred when it comes to analysing what makes these products ‘greener’ than others.

This idea was highlighted in a recent Podcast interview with Hilde Kallevig from Hydro, where we discussed the importance of not ‘Greenwashing’ aluminium products and differentiating between labelling products as either recyled or low carbon.

This conversation just so happened to be at the same time that the Carbon Trust released a report calling for the publication to universal standards of the carbon footprint of primary aluminium (full story on page 16.)

Interestingly and even more timely, as I write this comment, news has just broken that the LME has announced plans to launch a platform to trade ‘low carbon’ aluminium mostly produced with renewable energy, marking the first time a metal will be traded based on its environmental footprint in the exchange’s 143 year history.

The move apparently comes after pressure from En+, owner of Russian producer Rusal, for the LME to force suppliers to disclose their carbon footprint on the exchange...

I hope you enjoy and as always, I am interested to hear what you think!

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Issue Highlights

EDITOR'S COMMENT

NEWS/PRODUCTS

RECYCLING
Recycling aluminium should not be left to recyclers
Addressing the challenges of aluminium recycling
BMW extends aluminium recycling

LABELLING
The world needs lower carbon aluminium
ASI update: Progress on responsible aluminium production and sourcing through the ASI standards

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The Circular Aluminium Action Plan
Closing the loop to a perfectly infinite circular economy

SUSTAINABILITY
Keeping sustainability in view
Entering the age of sustainable aluminium

SORTING
Sorting non-ferrous metals and creating top qualities - right down to a 5mm grain size