The Aluminium Federation is actively involved with government and industry – in the UK and worldwide – to promote aluminium as a solution to greater energy efficiency and reduced waste.
From an innovation perspective, we’re supporting members in taking a complete lifecycle approach to sustainability, looking at everything from refining to production to use to recycling. This includes elements such as responsible sourcing and energy management. Importantly, we’re focusing on ways to do this while delivering improved performance, so we’re in an even stronger position to promote aluminium as a win-win solution to customers.
We’re seeing success in areas such as automotive and aerospace, with trends towards lightweighting offering increasing opportunities to integrate aluminium into design. Food production is another area – not only is aluminium endlessly recyclable, but it offers a total barrier against light and moisture, which helps reduce carbon footprint while extending shelf life.
The examples go on, and we will see aluminium play an increasingly important role in a sustainable economy thanks to its many helpful characteristics. From advocacy and standards development through to innovation and training, the Aluminium Federation will continue to champion the industry in this crucial area.