The aluminium sector’s important role in the fight to reduce emissions in the atmosphere is linked primarily to the metal’s combination of properties. In contrast to the majority of competing materials, aluminium can be processed an unlimited number of times, using minimal energy consumption and preserving quality.
Another existing benefit of aluminium from an ecological viewpoint is its ease. This characteristic plays a significant role in the evolution of the automotive sector, as it lowers the weight of the vehicle and, consequently, reduces the amount of emissions in the atmosphere. Transportation with a high aluminium content could lower energy consumption by 20% and reduce carbon emissions by 17% over the course of its service life.
This advantage of aluminium is widely applied in several countries where the level of emissions in the transport sector is regulated and must adhere to strict environmental standards. It is predicted, that the aluminium content in American and European automobiles has grown from 50 to 150kg over the last 30 years, and by 2025 this number will reach 250kg. In Germany, a country with a prominent automotive industry, per-capita aluminium consumption exceeds 26kg a year. The global average is 7.5kg a year, and in Russia, it is only 5.4kg.
Aluminium possesses high thermal conductivity, meaning that its usage in construction allows for energy-efficient and eco-friendly buildings. For example, translucent facades made entirely of glass, an essential aspect of modern skyscrapers, transmit 20% more light than a normal window, saving significant costs on heating and lighting.
Russian aluminium has an environmental advantage in that it is extracted using energy from hydropower, one of the safest energy sources for the environment. Due to the large amount of electricity that is needed to extract aluminium from alumina, the products from Russian aluminium companies are unique from an environmentally friendly production viewpoint.
Moreover, leading producers in the Russian aluminium industry are getting involved in international projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent climate change.