American industry organization The Aluminum Association voiced its strong support of US president Joe Biden’s plan to invest US$6 billion to speed decarbonization efforts in industries with substantial energy use.
Charles Johnson, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, said in a press release that the investment is vitally important to the US aluminium industry’s goal of zero carbon emissions.
“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 Aluminum Association notes that the carbon impact in aluminium production has fallen by over half in the past three decades, and that use of aluminium as a raw material has helped a variety of sectors achieve lower carbon production, including automotive, building, and packaging.