ALUMINIUM SUSTAINABLE ADVANTAGES
Using aluminium in cars and vehicles promotes emission reduction, weight saving and energy efficiency without compromising safety.
As a material, aluminium is well suited for use in the design of cars. Its mechanical characteristics as well as its light weight make it a responsible and sustainable choice:
- An aluminum-intensive vehicle can achieve up to a 20% reduction in total life cycle energy consumption and up to a 17% reduction in CO2.
- For closures and body structures, typically one pound of aluminum replaces about 1.6 pounds of steel. This significantly minimizes the up-front material production impact.
- Aluminum is infinitely recyclable without degradation to the material. Recycling aluminum also saves more than 90% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production, and requires only 8% of the energy.
- The energy needed to produce primary aluminum is down more than a quarter since 1995 and carbon footprint is down nearly 40%. This is equivalent to 37 million barrels of oil saved and 25 million tons of CO2e GHG reduced per year.