1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 5, 2016 3:31 PM by Didier Rougeyron

    Is aluminium the future of mobility?

    Jérôme Petitjean

      As the world comes together in Paris to develop a plan of action to tackle the most significant sustainability challenge of the age, the International Aluminium Institute looks forward to a new international agreement on climate change.


      Delivering improved quality of life for all, equitable access to resources and services, food security, mobility and urban development, in a carbon and labour constrained world requires innovative use of materials, with the potential to deliver more for less.


      On a full life cycle basis, across its wide range of commonplace applications, aluminium products provide a net benefit to society and to emissions reduction. From transportation, building and construction to food and medical/pharmaceutical packaging, aluminium plays a critical role in both short- and long-life applications.


      Reductions in vehicle and cargo/goods container weight across transport modes allows for greater efficiency and reduced energy consumption. Aluminium packaging protects the energy, water and resources invested in producing, growing and processing food. It also ensures the additional energy used to get that food to us - in transport, retailing, shopping, storing and cooking - is not wasted. Efficient, low loss aluminium cabling is bringing power to more and more communities and the use of aluminium in renewable energy generation, transmission and intelligent control systems is increasing.


      Three quarters of the 1 billion tonnes of aluminium ever produced is still in productive use. A positive recycling story and of demand for light, strong, conductive, protective products and the durability of many of the aluminium applications. Much of the aluminium in long lifetime applications has not yet reached the end of the "first life", but will remain available for future recycling. Long lifetime products tend to have high recycling rates, greater than 90%.   


      The use of 1 kg of aluminium to lightweight a car or light truck can save a net 20 kg of CO2 over the life of the vehicle. This figure is even higher for more weight sensitive applications (for instance, up to 80 kg CO2 per kg of aluminium used in trains). The 20+ million tonnes of aluminium used in transport today could save 400 million tonnes CO2 and over 100 billion litres of crude oil over the vehicles' lives.


      Depending on the source of electricity used in the electrolysis (smelting) stage of production, the aluminium greenhouse emissions footprint can be as low as 4kg CO2-e per kg of aluminium ingot (from renewable energy), with a global average of 12kg CO2-e per kg of aluminium ingot for all energy sources.


      Can Recyclabe aluminium take an important part on a sustainable mobility?









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        • Re: Is aluminium the future of mobility?
          Didier Rougeyron

          For many years the biggest end-use market for aluminium has been the transport sector through its contribution to vehicle lightweighting, substantial energy savings and reduced emission and fuel consumption levels as you say Jérôme Petitjean. Its strength and corrosion-resistance guarantee durability, reliability and security, coupled with cost-effectiveness. Its formability ensures complete flexibility of design and ease of handling, while its flawless aspect promises maximum aesthetic impact…Finally, its total recyclability allows the aluminium industry to fulfil its commitment to the principles of sustainable development...



          Today, aluminium is widely used in cars, trucks, buses, coaches, trains, metros, ships, ferries, aircraft and bicycles.


          On the other hand, in the health industry and food industry, the subject is much more sensitive as we know!