Aluminium is essential to create a more sustainable, circular economy. It’s key to creating next generation transport, low carbon buildings, more efficient packaging and so much more. It’s the perfect mascot for the circular economy because it can be recycled endlessly without losing its quality.
European Aluminium launched in 2015 its Sustainability Roadmap towards 2025 to reflect this potential,committing to be a key partner towards Europe’s sustainable future.
The Roadmap has three pledges that go far beyond European legislative requirements and while voluntary, set a powerful precedent for other industry sectors to follow.
The European Aluminium industry is committed to sustainable, environment-friendly production. For example, it has set targets to improve the use of resources like energy and water, reduce industrial waste, and increase recycling.
The industry is committed to realising the full potential of aluminium to support a sustainable, circular economy via a broad range of innovative applications. For example, it has set tough targets to phase out the amount of aluminium in landfills and improve recycling plans at the country / market levels.
The industry is committed to enhancing the socio-economic conditions of its workforce and the communities where it operates. For example, it has set objectives to improve employee welfare in areas like gender equality, training, health and safety and engage in social activities at the community level.
Europe's aluminium industry has already achieved high levels of self-improvement. Since 1997, the industry’s carbon emissions have been reduced by more than 50% (over 90% less perfluorocarbons (PFC) emissions since 1990). Producers have also raised safety levels, achieving a 79% reduction in Total Recordable Incident Rate.
The association is continuously assessing progress towards its 2025 objectives, and intends to release its first mid-journey evaluation in 2020.
Given Aluminium’s awesome potential, we’re sure at EuroMetaux that they’ll stay on track and in the lead.