The Carbon Trust calls for carbon labelling to drive action in the primary aluminium sector

The Carbon Trust calls for carbon labelling to drive action in the primary aluminium sector

27 April 2020, LONDON:  Today the Carbon Trust released a report which outlines how the primary aluminium industry can move towards a more sustainable, lower carbon future.  This recognises there is still a demand for primary aluminium as secondary aluminium cannot meet all demand. 

Through analysing the present practices the Carbon Trust have drawn up what are the lower carbon options with the purpose of encouraging companies to move towards them.  One compelling action it recommends is the establishment of a reliable and trusted carbon labelling scheme to demonstrate the carbon content of producing primary aluminium, to allow customers to choose lower carbon aluminium. 

A key finding the Carbon Trust discovered was that the choice of electricity that powered the aluminium production was the most important factor in determining the carbon content – a switch to renewable power sources was the most important single thing aluminium producers could do to lower their carbon impact and help play their part in the fight against climate change. 

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Hugh Jones, managing director, business services, the Carbon Trust, commented:

We want this report to accelerate lower carbon action in the primary aluminium sector.  Switching to renewable power coupled with an independent and robust carbon labelling scheme would take things forward and that’s why we hope to collaborate with the aluminium industry to help them make the changes that will lead to a more sustainable, lower carbon future.”

About the Carbon Trust

Established in 2001, the Carbon Trust works with businesses, governments and institutions around the world, helping them contribute to, and benefit from, a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies, and commercialising low carbon businesses, systems and technologies.

The Carbon Trust:

·        works with corporates and governments, helping them to align their strategies with climate science and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement;

·        provides expert advice and assurance, giving investors and financial institutions the confidence that green finance will have genuinely green outcomes; and

·        supports the development low carbon technologies and solutions, building the foundations for the energy system of the future.

Headquartered in London, the Carbon Trust has a global team of 200 staff, representing over 30 nationalities based across five continents.