Aluminum — and aluminum extrusion — is playing a major role in lessening the impact of growth and industrial development on our environment:
Through extensive, and resource friendly, recycling from production through end-of-life
- By delivering in-use benefits via reduced environmental impact of products in which extrusion is utilized
- By reducing emissions and other undesirable byproducts of the production process.
Aluminum Extrusion EPDs Now Available
AEC has released a set of Environmental Product Declarations covering aluminum extrusion produced in the U.S. and Canada. The EPD and resulting Lifecycle analysis is the most comprehensive assessment of extrusion’s environmental footprint ever provided. In addition to the input required to produce two EPDs – one for thermally improved extrusion and one for unimproved product – the data collected provides important information on recycled content as well as finishing mix and characteristics. Review the EPDs here.
Did You Know?
- As an elemental metal, Aluminum is unique in that it can be recycled over and over without any degradation in physical properties
- Over 1 billion tons of primary aluminum has been produced since 1888: 75% of it is still in productive use!
- In total, recycling represents roughly 35% of global aluminum production
- Recycling aluminum requires only about 5% of the energy required for primary aluminum production.
- Each ton of aluminum recycled, rather than produced from ore, saves:
- 24 barrels of crude oil equivalents
- Over 15 tons of fresh or sea water
- More than 9 tons of CO2 equivalents
- Substituting aluminum for other materials has substantial in-use benefits, saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.
- The emissions savings from increased aluminum usage in transportation is so great that the aluminum industry should become "greenhouse gas neutral" in the next decade, i.e., the global warming impact from aluminum production will be more than offset by the carbon dioxide reductions from its use in transportation.