ARLINGTON, VA, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Charles Johnson, president & CEO of the Aluminum Association, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Energy’s $6 billion investment “to accelerate decarbonization projects in energy-intensive industries.”
“The Aluminum Association applauds the Biden administration’s commitment to support additional decarbonization of aluminum and other energy-intensive manufacturing sectors. The North American aluminum industry is already among the lowest emitting regions in the world. Aluminum and aluminum products made here have significantly lower impact than similar products made in China, the Middle East and elsewhere. And the next generation of low carbon smelting technology is being developed right here in North America. But there is much more work to be done. Critical federal investments like those announced today will help as the domestic aluminum industry innovates to become ever more sustainable and competitive in the coming years.”
The carbon impact of making aluminum in North America has declined by more than half over the past 30 years. The metal also enables lower carbon outcomes in markets like automotive, building and packaging. The industry continues to work on innovative technologies like inert anode and other technologies that eliminate all direct carbon emissions from the smelting process.
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The Aluminum Association represents aluminum production and jobs in the United States, ranging from primary production to value added products to recycling, as well as suppliers to the industry. The association is the industry’s leading voice, representing companies that make 70% of the aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North America. The association develops global standards, business intelligence, sustainability research and industry expertise for member companies, policymakers and the general public. The aluminum industry helps manufacturers produce sustainable and innovative products, including more fuel-efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics. In the U.S., the aluminum industry supports $176 billion in economic activity and more than 634,000 jobs. For more information visit https://www.aluminum.org or find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram.