Industrial Decarbonization in the Aluminum Market: Challenges and Opportunities

Cutting aluminum emissions is a challenging but vital step toward industrial decarbonization as demand is expected to grow sharply in coming years.
 
 

Producing “green aluminum” and securing a climate-safe economy while meeting rising demand will depend on significant collaboration across governments, international organizations, and industry. In this report Climate Advisers developed in partnership with the Atlantic Council, we dive into the complexities of decarbonizing the global aluminum market, how actors are working to produce the metal with cleaner methods, and recommendations for stakeholders to advance industrial decarbonization.

Aluminum production accounts for 3 percent of the world’s climate change emissions. This is set to increase with demand projected to rise by nearly 38% from 2020 to 2030. To learn more about how meeting growing demand for aluminum can be decoupled from climate emissions and how various countries are implementing the solutions listed below, download this report. Issues analyzed in the report include:

+ Increased Use of Clean Energy

+ New Recycling Methods and Production Technologies

+ Green Hydrogen and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

+ Climate-Aligned Trade Policies

+ Multilateral Initiatives

+ Common Standards for Emissions Reporting and Measurement

Climate Advisers wishes to express its gratitude to George Frampton and the Atlantic Council for their authorship and contributions to this report. George Frampton is a distinguished senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Climate Policy Project at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. Climate Advisers’ report authors include: Matthew Piotrowski, Senior Director of Policy and Research at Climate Advisers Nitya Aggarwal, Policy and Communications Associate at Climate Advisers