Aluminium could cut carbon intensity to under 1 tonne by 2050, IAI says

The aluminium industry could reduce the carbon intensity of its metal production to under one tonne by 2050 if it works towards limiting the rise in the mean global temperature to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) said.

In this 1.5°C scenario, carbon intensity would fall from an average of 16.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per tonne of aluminium currently, to around 0.5 tonnes of CO2 by 2050, according to the industry association. This is in line with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which charts a roadmap to the stabilization of rising global temperatures.

If no changes to existing processes are made, the average carbon intensity for the aluminium industry in 2050 is expected to be relatively stable at 15.8 tonnes of CO2,...

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Andrea Hotter

October 26, 2021

17:15 GMT

New York