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Aluminium beverage can recycling at new record high

More than 7 out of 10 aluminium beverage cans remain in the European Circular Economy

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland increased by 1.8% to a new record level of 71.3% in 2013. European Aluminium considers this result an important milestone on its path towards its voluntary recycling target for used beverage cans of 80% by 2020.

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Alupro figures show aerosols and aluminium foil “widely” collected for recycling

New figures released by Alupro show 96% of councils in the UK are collecting aerosols and 86% are collecting aluminium foil for recycling.

Over the past three years, the number of councils collecting aerosols has increased from 87% to 96%, providing almost complete coverage throughout the UK. Meanwhile, foil recycling has also seen a dramatic increase in collection, from just 35% of councils in 2007 to 86% today.

“Alupro provides local authorities with free materials to explain how to recycle empty aerosols, household foil and foil containers. We have also worked with councils and their service providers to dispel some of the myths about these materials being ‘difficult’ to recycle,” says Rick Hindley, Executive Director of Alupro. “We’re delighted to see how well councils have responded to this clear messaging, which has enabled more aluminium packaging to be recycled than ever before.”

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Closing the loop: Next steps critical for Europe’s Circular Economy

The European Commission’s proposal is a pivotal step towards a resource-efficient economy based on best-in-class collection, sorting and separation technologies. It is vitally important to now build on momentum to secure Europe’s status as a leader in recycling and driver of sustainable growth in the global marketplace.

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More investment in innovation needed to close the packaging recycling gap in Romania

European Aluminium’s packaging group chairman Mr Raphael Thevenin (Constellium) calls upon local authorities and waste management operators to invest in innovative packaging collection and recycling systems, on the occasion of the annual packaging recycling seminar of European Aluminium in Bucharest. Romania, like some other European countries, has to catch up with the more advanced EU Member States.

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ETS reform proposal fails to restore competitiveness of aluminium sector

European Aluminium regrets the absence of an EU-wide solution to shield the most exposed industries from the indirect costs of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in today’s proposal from the European Commission. Without a harmonised scheme for full compensation of carbon costs passed on by utilities in all Member States, Europe‘s entire aluminium value chain remains in jeopardy.

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Aluminium foil: The natural partner of the BBQ world champion

Summer is coming and with it , the annual barbecue season. More than 70 teams from Europe, America and Africa and 50,000 spectators will arrive in Gothenburg, Sweden on 13-14 June to participate in the World BBQ Championship. European Aluminium, together with its foil division EAFA (European Aluminium Foil Association), supports the championship to highlight the many advantages of aluminium products for barbecue lovers.

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European Aluminium warns of Chinese imports growth and joins industry alliance against granting China Market Economy Status (MES)

Chinese exports of aluminium products to Europe have increased by almost 30% since the beginning of 2015, posing an unprecedented threat to the European aluminium industry.
The latest trade data shows rapid growth in Chinese exports to Europe in the first four months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. In most market segments, the growth of these exports to Europe is two to three times bigger than the growth of Chinese exports to the rest of the world. At this rate, the volume of Europe’s imports of Chinese aluminium will exceed the forecasted 2 to 3% growth of European aluminium markets in 2015.

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Aluminium experts honour best-in-class safety solutions

At European Aluminium’s Safety Workshop, held today in Brussels, the aluminium industry honoured the most innovative solutions for safe manufacturing. The use of a LED spot to warn employees when a crane is in operation was elected the best-in-class safety solution.

Here are the three winners of this year’s edition:

– 1st prize: Real Alloy Germany (Aluminium Recycling): The use of a LED spot to warn employees when a crane is in operation
– 2nd prize: Intals S.p.A. Italy (Aluminium Refinery): The installation in vehicles of a radar system for detection of personnel in the action area of the vehicle
– 3rd prize: Sapa Profiles Sweden (Aluminium Extrusion): New type of hook to ensure a safe lift of die to a safe lift

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European aluminium industry sets new objectives for the next decade


The Sustainability Roadmap to 2025 launched today by the European aluminium industry paves the way for the sector to maximise its contribution to a more sustainable future in Europe. Promoting a new and ambitious set of voluntary commitments, the Roadmap will drive the industry’s agenda to further enhance its commitment to environmental stewardship, promote innovative products for sustainable lifestyles and play an active role in economic growth and job creation.

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Recycling rate for cans at new record level: 7 out of 10 aluminium beverage cans recycled in Europe!


The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the EU 27 + EFTA countries increased by 1.5% points to a new record level of 69.5% (70%) in 2012. When considering the collection of cans in the remaining European countries and Turkey, the result is that the metal of more than 27.5 billion cans remains in the European circular economy and is available again for the production of new aluminium products. The collected cans represent a total amount of 390,000 tons of recycled aluminium, preventing more than 3.12 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Aluminium Closures takes centre stage at ProWein 2015

The “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” campaign will be present for the first time at ProWein (15-17 March 2015 in Düsseldorf), the leading international fair for the wine sector. The campaign, which promotes the advantages of the growing segment of aluminium closures for wines, is taking part in a dedicated “Packaging & Design” show adjacent to theProWein Forum.

The stand “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” organised by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association, will be located in Hall 13 D44. There they will explain how wine makers, retailers and other professional users in catering and hospitality can benefit from the convenience, taste and quality protection, technological and economic advantages, as well as the sustainability and recyclability offered by aluminium closures. The excellent design and branding opportunities made possible by using these closures will also be demonstrated.

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MSR Vote: A strong call for an urgent ETS reform and EU-wide compensation for EU ETS indirect costs

In response to today’s vote in the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee on the ETS Market Stability Reserve, Director-General of the European Aluminium Association Gerd Götz issues the following statement:.

“We strongly support today’s acknowledgement from a wide spectrum of political groups and MEPs of the urgent need to address indirect carbon costs at European level under an urgent ETS reform. These costs are embedded in electricity prices and cannot be passed on due to aluminium’s global pricing, thereby placing European aluminium producers at a unique competitive disadvantage. Following the October Council Conclusions in which the Member States called on the Commission to take concrete action, today’s vote represents yet another strong call for concrete actions in support of the competitiveness of Europe’s most exposed industries…”

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Aluminium industry unites to drive forward a recycling agenda for Europe

On the occasion of the 13th International Aluminium Recycling Congress, the European aluminium industry reaffirmed its ambition for a long-lasting circular economy, expressing high expectations for a new and improved waste proposal from the European Commission later this year.

Speaking at the Congress, Chair of the EAA’s Recycling Division Roberta Niboli commented “In Europe and across the globe, we are faced with increasingly limited resources and the environmental and economic challenges that arise as a result. By taking concrete steps to promote resource efficiency in Europe and new models to guarantee a closed recycling loop, we can secure a steady supply of recyclable material to society, reduce our dependence on foreign imports and turn waste into new, innovative products over and over again. Recycled aluminium makes sense both from an economic and an environmental perspective and is instrumental to the circular economy”.

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European Aluminium Association meets with Vice-President Šefčovič to discuss a fit-for-purpose Energy Union for Europe

A delegation from the European aluminium industry today met with European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič. Following the high-level discussions, EAA Director-General Gerd Götz issues the following statement:

“To meet fast-growing demand for aluminium in key end-use markets and maintain its leadership in innovation and sustainability, the European aluminium industry needs a functioning energy market.

Examining the detail of a ‘fit-for-purpose’ Energy Union, we engaged with Vice-President Šefčovič on how to address unsustainably high energy costs, long term predictability and ensure competitive energy prices for industry. We also focused on mechanisms for full compensation of ETS indirect costs, which is an economic imperative for aluminium producers struggling to compete with global rivals. We are hopeful that the EU will deliver concrete policy measures this year, and that the aluminium industry will be able to regain competitiveness and attract investment in Europe.”

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New Joining Manual Supports Rapid Growth of Aluminium in Automotive

The European Aluminium Association and the Aluminum Association today released a comprehensive multi-chapter manual that details the range of joining technologies used for the assembly of aluminium parts in automotive applications. Developed in collaboration with the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), the joining manual is an essential reference for automotive designers and engineers as use of aluminium alloys in vehicle designs increases

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GLAFRI ‘Initiative’ Success Leads to Formation of Global Foil Association

Mid of January, supporters of the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) have decided to turn this activity into a legal trade association. It started operating immediately with 42 member companies, including 5 supporters, from all major foil producer areas worldwide. This follows the remarkable success of GLAFRI so far, particularly the three annual conferences held to spearhead its activities. Thereupon, the supporters have decided to formalize the initiative by creating a trade body to continue and develop its work.

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Pierre Vareille new Chairman of European Aluminium Association

As of 1st January 2015, Pierre Vareille has been appointed to the position of Chairman of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) for a two-year term, replacing Roeland Baan of Aleris. Mr Vareille has been Chief Executive Officer of Constellium since March 2012.

“I am truly honoured to be the new Chairman of the European Aluminium Association. Having been closely involved in its political action for many years, I am acutely aware of its role in driving forward the EU’s industrial competitiveness and sustainability agenda. In recent years, the strength of EAA’s leadership under Roeland Baan and the dynamism of its members have brought the association to the forefront of EU policy development. In my new role, I will build on this to ensure that the aluminium industry in Europe can regain competitiveness and its status as a global leader in innovation and sustainability”, said Mr Vareille.

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Swift action needed to deliver ambitious and improved EU Circular Economy Package

In response to the withdrawal of the European Commission’s proposals for a Circular Economy Package under President Juncker’s Work Programme 2015, Director-General of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) issues the following statement:

“Robust EU waste legislation is both an environmental and economic imperative for Europe. The withdrawal of the Circular Economy Package must be swiftly followed by a new, ambitious and simplified proposal if we are to build on progress already made by the Parliament and Member States this year. In particular, the European Commission should support better recycling definitions and link these to realistic targets while designing measures to maximise each step in the recycling value chain. Improved collection schemes, support to innovative sorting technologies, and a ban on post-consumer recyclable waste are all of central importance here.” said EAA Director-General Gerd Götz.

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Industrial Competitiveness Agenda highlights priority sectors like aluminium as crucial for Europe’s economic growth

In response to the Competitiveness Council’s Conclusions on the Industrial Competitiveness Agenda, Director-General of the European Aluminium Association Gerd Götz issues the following statement:

“We have high expectations for the Council’s call for sectoral initiatives, including both sectors facing economic change and high growth potential sectors. The European aluminium industry is a perfect example of one with high growth potential, but one which is facing an extremely challenging economic climate. Demand for aluminium in Europe is constantly rising thanks to its use as an innovative and sustainable material in dynamic markets such as mobility, packaging, technology and infrastructure. However, we are increasingly dependent on foreign imports, as production in Europe has been drastically affected by high regulatory costs.

To restore our competitiveness and Europe’s trade balance and to maintain jobs and our production capacity of strategic materials, the EU’s first sector-specific measure should seek to improve the regulatory framework for the European aluminium producers for the huge cost they pay for the EU ETS indirectly through their energy bills.”

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European aluminium industry ready to drive industrial renaissance, time for the EU to stand up for its innovative businesses

The Italian aluminium association Centroal and the European Aluminium Association (EAA) yesterday hosted a landmark Roundtable in Rome under patronage of the Italian Presidency of the EU Council: ‘A New Deal for European Industrial Renaissance: Concrete Measures towards a Competitive and Sustainable Economy’.

Some of the aluminium industry’s most prominent customers including Ferrari and Nespresso convened with European and Italian policymakers to discuss the soaring demand for aluminium as a key driver of a visionary, innovative and resource-efficient Europe. Participants also exchanged views on policy solutions that will allow the EU to better support producers in meeting customer needs.

Testifying to the unique benefits of aluminium in buildings, world-renowned architect Massimiliano Fuksas recounted “For many years now we have developed and refined techniques to translate complex shapes into optimised building geometries… It’s about ethics; aluminium is not only a versatile material to use in innovative buildings, it is infinitely recyclable”.

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Proceedings from the Round Table event:

Video statement by Antonio Tajani: “A true re-industrialization of Europe cannot be achieved without aluminium”

Download the presentation delivered by Roeland Baan, Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, Europe and Asia Pacific at Aleris and Chair of the EAA

- Download the presentation delivered by Franco Bove, General Manager at Guala Closures Group

2030 Energy and Climate Package: It’s now time to deliver

In response to today’s EU Council Conclusions on the 2030 Climate and Energy package, the European aluminium industry welcomes the confirmation that measures to stop investment leakage will continue after 2020. After a decade of disinvestment, it is now high time to deliver the concrete measures that will rebuild European manufacturing’s leadership in low carbon solutions.

Director-General of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) Gerd Götz commented:

“Today, EU Heads of state and government sent a clear signal that high energy costs in Europe must be addressed in the post-2020 era. In particular, we strongly welcome the Council’s commitment to address indirect carbon costs. These costs are six times higher than direct carbon costs for the aluminium industry and have already cost Europe more than a third of its aluminium production and seriously impacted the entire value-chain. The EU is now import-dependant for a material that is essential to all innovative, sustainable and lowcarbon solutions. What is crucial now is for EU leaders to ensure rapid deployment of effective compensation for these costs under a reformed ETS.”

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Advantage Aluminium

Closing its doors with an all-time high exhibitor and visitor record, the 10th Aluminium Trade Fair in Düsseldorf showcased the very best of innovative solutions in aluminium. Gerd Götz, Director General of the European Aluminium Association (EAA), attributes the fair’s success to the innovative power of the material in its key end-use markets.

“Above all, innovation translates into rising demand”, says Götz. “EAA estimates show that demand in Europe is expected to almost double by 2050, which is a product of our industry’s long-standing commitment to innovation. Actors across the entire supply chain are proactively seeking new synergies that lead to new and better designed products for the consumer and in doing so, are helping us to make aluminium the material of choice to complement societal change and development.”

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Aluminium industry reinforces commitment to sustainable packaging in Europe

At its annual Packaging Seminar held today in Helsinki, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable packaging in Europe with the launch of its new brochure, “Aluminium packaging: convenient, safe and infinitely recyclable”.

“While the EU Commission recently adopted a Circular economy package, featuring new recycling definitions, calculation methods and targets, EAA’s annual packaging seminar – gathering today in Helsinki – puts the focus on best practices across Europe to optimize recycling processes and technologies. Our new brochure launched on this occasion gives a concrete overview of the aluminium industry’s vision for more sustainable packaging in Europe. As a sector, aluminium already achieves almost 60% recycling for all aluminium packaging and even 68% for beverage cans. Moreover, our ambition is to increase these figures, particularly in view of the ambitious recycling targets recently proposed by the European authorities” said Laurent Musy, chair of EAA’s Packaging group.

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Energy efficiency targets: more should be done to unlock Europe’s potential

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) welcomed the European Commission’s Communication on Energy Efficiency as a positive step to truly align climate, energy and growth agendas and boost energy efficient solutions. 

“Boosting the solutions that EU industry can deliver for energy saving and climate change is the right thing to do in order to couple these goals with the EU growth and jobs agenda. Yet, more should be done and we will be part of the debate to demonstrate the energy efficiency potential we can deliver”, said Gerd Götz, Director General of the EAA.

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Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for the EU

A step in the right direction which must follow realistic paths

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) welcomes the European Commission’s efforts to strengthen the EU waste policy framework as an important step forward in Europe’s transition to a circular economy. In this context it is also calling for achievable recycling targets and accurate definitions.

”EAA welcomes the European Commission’s package and supports many of its flagship proposals, including the new requirements on waste exports to combat illegal shipments of waste, the gradual phasing out of landfilling of recyclable waste, the reference to recyclability and durability in eco-design requirements, and the call for a better reporting of data. These are all essential conditions to achieve more ambitious recycling targets and to ensure a level playing field among products and materials”, said Gerd Götz, Director General of the EAA..

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EAA statement on the Energy Council Conclusions

A landmark step towards boosting industrial competitiveness in Europe

Following the Council conclusions on energy prices and costs in Europe, the European Aluminium Association issues the following statement:

“Member States have sent the strongest signal to date of the need to address unsustainable energy costs that are crippling energy-intensive industries in Europe” said Gerd Götz, Director General of the European Aluminium Association. EAA welcomes the Member States’ call to develop measures to prevent investment leakage and provide long-term policy planning”. The aluminium industry calls for robust compensation measures to relieve electro-intensive industries from the extra costs of climate policies embedded into energy prices that global competitors do not face. In particular, this should be addressed through free allocations for ETS direct costs and the establishment of an EU-wide mechanism for its indirect costs. It is only with those measures that we can achieve a true European industrial renaissance. It is therefore essential that the next Commission answers the Council’s call to restore industrial competitiveness” he added.

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The aluminium industry calls for an ambitious EU Waste policy review

In light of the upcoming review of EU waste legislation, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) calls for higher recycling targets and a phase out of landfilling of end-use recyclable goods. The European aluminium industry strongly supports more ambitious recycling targets and a gradual phasing out of landfilling. Together with better collection schemes and innovative sorting technologies, these are the preconditions for an effective and successful circular economy.

EAA Director General Gerd Götz states:
“Bold policy measures are needed to secure the availability of aluminium scrap in Europe, a key resource for increasing recycling rates and one of Europe’s energy security components. We are calling for investment and innovation in the fields of collection and sorting, as well as greater consistency in reporting procedures, clearer definitions of recycling and the recognition of aluminium as a ‘permanent material’.
Stopping illegal scrap exports and reducing scrap leakage is also essential to reduce Europe’s dependency to resource and energy imports. The first and minimum step would be to set up credible metal scrap export monitoring systems.”

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Read the EAA position paper on EU Waste legislation review

Read the EAA position paper on the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

Read the METALS FOR BUILDINGS position paper on Construction & Demolition Waste

Read the EAA position paper on the evaluation of the End-of-Life Vehicle Directive

Study proves aluminium household foil a sustainable sandwich wrap option

A study undertaken by IFEU (The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) to measure the relative environmental performance of two different sandwich packs: aluminium household foil and a rigid plastic lunchbox, found that aluminium foil performs very favourably in terms of environmental impact and should be considered a sustainable and convenient alternative product for packed lunches.

A recent study at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) in Germany, disproves the common consumer belief, namely that a disposable product has a far greater environmental impact than a reusable solution and shows that aluminium household foil is a sustainable option that performs no worse and in some cases even better than the reusable plastic lunchbox.

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EAA reacts to the European Commission new environment and energy state aid guidelines

The state aid guidelines published today by the European Commission are a step in the right direction – yet it is clear that more needs to be done to restore Europe’s industrial competitiveness. Electricity is a crucial cost factor for the aluminium industry. Due to its global pricing system, the important increase of the cost of renewable energy surcharges and of other environmental levies has become a major detrimental factor for the competitiveness of the whole aluminium value chain in Europe.

“EAA welcomes the sectoral approach pursued by the European Commission,  acknowledging that some sectors are at a substantial cost disadvantage as compared with global competitors. Clarity and balanced rules across EU Member States were also needed. We regret however that the new guidelines still enforce additional burden to the industry. The state aid rules must now be accompanied by appropriate and long-term compensation measures for all costs related to climate and energy policies, also beyond 2020″, he according to Director General Gerd Götz.

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Council discusses industrial competitiveness – aluminium industry calls for robust measures

The aluminium industry calls on EU policy-makers to build on the European Council’s conclusions by developing robust measures to prevent further investment leakage.

We greatly appreciate that EU Member States are focusing on restoring industrial competitiveness and securing competitive energy costs, but we deplore the lack of urgency in this debate.The solutions to halt our industry’s decline are clear. We need cost compensation measures for EU ETS to address our inability to pass on indirect costs. We need an EU-wide framework for state aid guidelines to exempt us from the costs of energy support schemes, and we need long-term visibility to maintain investment in our sector. What we do not need is endless debate and discussion. We need action.”, commented Gerd Götz, Director General of the EAA.

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Europe must address its industrial competitiveness gap to maintain climate leadership

In view of the publication of the 2030 climate package and the new European Commission communication on industrial policy, the European Aluminium Association issues the following statement:

The aluminium industry in Europe has become the prime example of how the EU’s unilateral climate policies can negatively impact the economy. Only two months ago, a European Commission cost assessment showed that the aluminium industry in Europe – once a global leader – had become globally uncompetitive under the burden of EU climate policies. In the last five years, 11 out of 24 aluminium smelters in Europe have closed or curtailed. This will also affect the innovation capacity and competitiveness of downstream sectors in the aluminium industry. How many more strategic sectors will relocate? How much revenue and how many jobs be lost, and how many innovation clusters and value chains will be dismantled before action is taken? We have all the facts, now we need action.

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73% of European household rigid metal packaging was recovered and recycled in 2011, the highest of any packaging material

Metal Packaging Europe is pleased to report that the 2011 recycling rate for rigid metal consumer packaging (European average, EU 27+EFTA) increased by 2.8 percentage points to a new record of 73.0% (2010: 70,2%). This makes rigid metal consumer packaging the most recycled packaging in Europe.

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European aluminium beverage can recycling at record level of 68%

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the EU 27 + EFTA countries increased by 2.4% points to a new record level of 68% in 2011. If the collection of cans in the remaining European countries and Turkey is included, this means that more than 25 billion cans are recycled in Europe annually. This represents a total amount of 365,000 tons of recycled aluminium, avoiding 3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (source: Environmental Profile Report_ April 2013).

Read the Eunomia external statement: “Overview of 2011 Steel and Aluminium Consumer Packaging Statistics

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Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° the all-round sector focus

The information campaign to promote awareness of aluminium closures, Turn 360° has been extended from wine to take in new content on the wide range of bottled products using this form of closure, including spirits, water and oils. These new contents, underscore yet again the campaign’s proactive approach in this sector.

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Aluminium industry urges EU to close competitiveness gap to retain sustainability leadership

Releasing today its 2012 sustainability performance indicators, the aluminium industry urged European policy-makers to address the major competitiveness gap caused by EU policies. At a conference organised by the European Aluminium Association (EAA), industry CEOs presented an Agenda for Action to effectively enable jobs and growth in Europe.

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Aluminium industry fundamentally hit by EU regulatory costs, says Commission’s study

Cost pressure of EU policies and regulations has put the European aluminium industry at a competitive disadvantage to its global rivals. This is the key finding of a study undertaken for the European Commission in the framework of its Fitness Check on the aluminium sector that is published today.

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) has performed a first ever analysis of the costs borne by the aluminium industry attributable to EU legislation over the past ten years in the areas of energy, climate change, environment, competition, trade and products policies. The study surveyed 46 plants accounting for more than 60% of EU production capacity.

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EAA reinforces its recycling dimension

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Magdalena Garczynska as the Director of its new Recycling Department. This new position will strengthen the expertise of EAA on an industry segment that is a cornerstone of the aluminium industry’s sustainability.

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Packaging recovery in Europe: towards more ambitious recycling targets

In view of the upcoming discussions on the guidelines on Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes, the European Aluminium Industry (EAA) calls for a consistent approach at the EU and national level.

The EAA has always been a strong proponent of an ambitious EU packaging recovery policy and more ambitious recycling targets. However the current Packaging Waste Directive has led to a situation where different types of recovery schemes – public, private or mixed systems – have shown strengths and weaknesses in their ability to recover packaging material from different waste holder categories, being households and non-households.

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ETS allowances – CSRF: Europe needs an industrial vision, not another burden

The alliance of non-ferrous metals industries, Eurometaux, is highly concerned about the consequences and timing of the European Commission’s decision on the allocation of ETS allowances, more precisely on the cross-sectoral reduction factor (CSRF), published on Friday, 6 September.

Following the implementation of the ETS Directive, the CSRF is foreseen if the calculated amount of allowances exceeds the maximum amount of allowances available for allocation. Eurometaux is concerned about the procedure that led to such a decision, in particular with regards to the data handling, particularly as preliminary estimates show that the top 10% benchmark already achieves the 21% reduction foreseen by the industry in 2020.

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The aluminium industry calls to unlock the recycling potential

On the occasion of the closing of the public consultation on the review of the EU Waste management targets, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) urges the Commission to improve the EU waste rules and increase the availability of scrap for the European recycling industry.

The aluminium sector is already the European recycling champion with end-of-life recycling rates above 90% in transport and construction and close to 70% for beverage cans. Aluminium recycling is critical to sustainable development as it saves material resources as well as energy, reduces waste, and helps aluminium producers to continue to supply metal within Europe at a time when primary production is declining.

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BBQ Championships 2013 – Aluminium the natural barbecue partner!

The Belgium BBQ Championships 2013 took place last week in Oostende, Belgium and were supported by the European aluminium industry. The jury was composed of the main Belgium Michelin star chefs and it was, in general, very impressed by the high quality of the dishes served by the teams. The new Belgium BBQ Champion is Team HERTALS.

About 30,000 visitors enjoyed watching the 36 BBQ teams from Belgium and neighbouring countries displaying their skills at the grill across the full range of BBQ disciplines. For all teams aluminium foil was a major component of their creative barbecuing and practical preparation of the five required barbecue dishes (fish, pork, chicken, beef and a dessert dish).

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Report on auto-sector innovation acknowledges the potential of lightweighting materials to improve vehicles’ energy efficiency

The European Aluminium Association welcomes the conclusions of a new report on auto-sector innovation – Fuelling Europe’s Future: How auto innovation leads to EU jobs – released today by a consortium of transport sector stakeholders.

“We welcome that the report acknowledges the potential of lightweighting materials to improve the energy efficiency of any vehicle. Europe’s ambition to be leader in efficient vehicles must be reflected in a technology neutral legislation that will boost innovation and foster the European industry‘s competitiveness. “ Gerd Götz, Director General EAA.

The technical analysis was conducted by Ricardo-AEA and the economic modelling by Cambridge Econometrics and the report was supported by various organisations, such as the European Climate Foundation, the European Aluminium Association, Eurelectric, CLEPA as well as individual companies like General Electric and Nissan.

Download the full press release

Download the summary for media

Download the full report

EAA Statement on the ENVI Committee vote on CO2 emission rules

Today Members of the European Parliament called for the end of biased rules that are not encouraging lightweighting, one of the most efficient ways to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles. Following  votes in the Industry and Energy (ITRE) and Transport (TRAN) Committees, the ENVI Committee members confirmed the European Parliament’s support for moving away from purely mass-based CO2 emission rules to a technologically neutral methodology giving the manufacturers the option to choose between a mass and a footprint (size) based target without hampering industry’s certainty and predictability.

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Commission proposal creates possibilities for smarter truck designs: Aluminium can help to make the next generation trucks safer

The revised Weight and Dimensions’ Directive can make a real difference in terms of safety and sustainability. That’s why the European Aluminium Association (EAA) today welcomes the proposals from the European Commission to review the Weights and Dimensions Directive 96/53/EC.

“Allowing a smarter truck cabin design enables truck manufacturers to make cabins both safer and more aerodynamic“, said EAA Director General Gerd Götz. “As such, the revised Directive will improve both the fuel efficiency of trucks and safety for users.”

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Report on economic benefits of low CO2 vehicles shows key role for lightweighting

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) welcomes the results of a comprehensive study on the “Economic Assessment of Low Carbon Vehicles”, undertaken by Cambridge Econometrics and Ricardo-AEA, and supported by various organisations, such as the European Climate Foundation, Eurelectric, CLEPA and the EAA as well as individual companies like General Electric and Nissan.

The study shows that the move towards reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles can have a positive impact on job creation and the economy, thanks to:

• increased spending on innovative technologies in Europe;
• decreased spending on imported energy sources such as oil;
• increased consumer spending in other sectors

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Aluminium boosts energy performance of buildings

To illustrate how the energy performance of existing buildings can be upgraded with aluminium products, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) published three renovation case studies and performed life-cycle-assessments focusing on greenhouse gas emissions.

“The three analyses concluded CO2 payback periods of aluminium renovation systems range between one to five years, depending on the level of investment and on the amount of renovation works to be executed” said  Bernard Gilmont, Building Director at EAA. Independent expertise has been involved in order to secure the scientific validity and technical quality of the results.

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A good recycling performance for aluminium closures

Aluminium can be recycled over and over without any loss of quality. This is also true for aluminium closures used for wine, spirits, water and olive oil. Throughout Europe on average 40 per cent of aluminium closures are currently recycled.

The advantage of aluminium closures is that they can be collected either together with the mixed packaging fraction or together with the glass collection stream. The aluminium can be easily extracted from both material streams so that it can be recycled back into aluminium. The national packaging collection and recycling systems in Europe vary considerably as they are dependent on the respective national packaging waste legislation. Depending on the collection and sorting infrastructure in place recycling rates for closures vary and can range from over 80% in Germany to about 40-50% in countries like the UK and Italy. Countries with relatively small market shares might already recycle 20-30% of all aluminium closures.

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New EAA Director General, Gerd Götz, sets the aluminium industry’s sustainability on top of the agenda

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) announces today the appointment of Gerd Götz as its new Director General. Dr Götz takes office at a time when the aluminium industry becomes ever more important to the EU’s industrial and green agenda.

Introducing the new Director General, EAA’s Chairman Roeland Baan explained: “Gerd’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the association with the on-going EU Commission’s fitness check on the aluminium sector (…) “

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Aleris’ Roeland Baan new Chairman of the European Aluminium Association

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) is pleased to announce that Roeland Baan – Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, Global Rolled & Extruded Products at Aleris – has been appointed as the new Chairman of the association for the period 2013-2015. Effective as of January 1st 2013, Mr Baan succeeds Tadeu Nardocci (Novelis).

“I am delighted to take on this leadership role in our industry, especially in these challenging times for Europe’s competitiveness,” Mr Baan said. “I am confident the association will be committed more than ever to safeguarding the future of the aluminium industry in Europe and promote the use of this permanent material that is part of the solution to achieving EU sustainability goals”.

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Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°

Today’s roll-out of the multilingual website marks the start of the pan-European promotional campaign titled ‘Aluminium Closures – Turn 360˚’, specially designed to enhance general awareness of the benefits of aluminium closures for wine.

The campaign, by the leading manufacturers of aluminium closures and organised through the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), presents closures made of alu-minium as an intelligent and economic alternative to other closure systems. Aluminium closures offer many benefits in areas like taste and quality, sustainability and recycling, convenience, technology, cost efficiency, and design.

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Reducing CO2 emissions from cars and vans: technological neutrality to lighten the load

Future legislation on CO2 from cars and vans must be technology neutral, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) warned at its event organised today in the European Parliament.

The two proposals, which are currently being debated in the European Parliament and the Council and which set a framework for CO2 emissions reduction by 2020 for cars and vans, need to take into full consideration the contribution of all sustainable technologies such as lightweighting and ensure technological neutrality.

EAA estimates that reducing the mass of a car by 100 kg would cut CO2 emissions by 8 grams per kilometer. Lightweighting could greatly contribute to achieving the objective set in the White Paper on Transport to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the transport sector by 60%.

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Call for concrete actions to preserve Europe’s manufacturing industry

The aluminium industry welcomes the announcement by the European Commission of a fitness check for the aluminium sector and calls for concrete actions to preserve Europe’s manufacturing base.

The Communication on the mid-term review of Europe’s industrial policy released today by the Commission was long-awaited by the aluminium industry that is facing increasingly difficult economic conditions in Europe. “We, at the European Aluminium Association, in particular welcome the European Commission’s announced fitness check for the aluminium industry, as it will make EU authorities fully aware of the impact of EU legislations on its activities”, said Patrick de Schrynmakers, EAA Secretary General.

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EAA congratulates Brian Simpson, winner of the Transport MEP Award 2012

“The EAA would like to congratulate Brian Simpson for receiving the MEP Award for Transport. EAA is proud to support this award and shares Mr Simpson’s commitment to making transport more effective and sustainable” said Patrick de Schrynmakers, EAA Secretary General.

Aluminium makes vehicles lighter and thus more fuel efficient. Today’s European average car contains 140 kg of aluminium leading to annual fuel savings of 65 litres per car (See ‘Aluminium Penetration in Cars’ study carried out by Ducker Worldwide on behalf of the EAA). Moreover, aluminium improves safety for all road-users, as light-weighting also reduces the crash energy that needs to be absorbed in an accident.

The EAA will continue to work closely with vehicle manufacturers and policy makers to bring the full potential of aluminium solutions to enhance even further the transport sector’s sustainability.

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Two out of Three Aluminium Beverage Cans Recycled in Europe!

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the EU 27 including EFTA countries and Turkey increased by 2.4% to 66.7% in 2010. After the difficult economic situation in the previous years the consumption of aluminium beverage cans increased by a further 2 billion units to a total of 36 billion cans in 2010. This means that at least 24 billion aluminium beverage cans were recycled, resulting in a total greenhouse gas saving of 2.5 million tonnes – the equivalent of taking 1 million passenger cars off the roads for a whole year!

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Reducing CO2 emissions from cars: Size matters!

Brussels, 11 July 2012: The European Aluminium Association (EAA) welcomes the Commission proposal in the framework of the revision of the rules on CO2 emissions from cars but regrets that the proposal is still promoting a mass-based approach.

We are disappointed that the Commission has once again proposed a regulation that is not technology neutral, since it maintains the mass based calculation method and gives heavier cars the opportunity to emit more CO2,said Patrick de Schrynmakers, Secretary General EAA.

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Essential and fully recyclable: METALS FOR BUILDINGS alliance calls for better recognition of metals’ contribution to the sustainability and innovative capacity of the building sector

21 June 2012 – Brussels: Yesterday the METALS FOR BUILDINGS alliance celebrated the official launch of its campaign that aims to promote the unique strengths of metal products for highly recyclable & sustainable buildings. The Alliance calls for more consistent EU policies in the construction sector to address the unique attributes of metal building products, in particular by better assessing the recyclability of materials.

“The EU has many far reaching environmental objectives and is strongly committed to work on the sustainability of construction products in the context of the emerging resource efficiency strategy. The metals represented by our Alliance are essential to bridging the gap between those policy objectives and their effective implementation” said the newly-elected Chairman, Patrick Le Pense.

 The new alliance wants to see full recognition of metals’ inherent value in terms of sustainable buildings. According to Le Pense “Metals provide society with a material that is 100% recyclable without loss of properties, and as a result, they help minimize the impact on the earth’s resources.”

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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2012: Flexible Packaging Reduces Energy Consumption First

Most sustainability energy mantras say “Reduce first and then optimise”, with renewables where possible.
Because flexible packaging can be assembled at the filling plant from rolls of material, there is no need to transport the empty, but already formed packaging, from the packaging converter to the filling/packaging facility, hereby saving a significant number of truck journeys on our congested European road network. For example, it would take approximately 26 truck journeys to transport the equivalent quantity of pre-formed packaging from the manufacturer to the filling factory whilst it would require only one truck load for the equivalent quantity of rolled flexible pouch material.

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Recycling and innovation should be key components of the future resource efficiency policies

Following today’s vote in the European Parliament on a Resource-Efficient Europe, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) is calling for recycling and innovation to effectively become key components of future policy choices at EU level. EAA welcomes the focus set by the European Parliament on recyclability and resource efficiency as cornerstones of Europe’s sustainability. Valuable resources can be saved with no loss of quality thanks to recycling and efficient collecting and sorting processes.

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European aluminium industry in need of better support to counteract ETS impact

The new guidelines published today by the European Commission on “certain state aid measures in the context of the ETS” will fail in its objective to prevent carbon leakage as it will not provide the necessary support for Europe’s primary aluminium industry.

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Aluminium use in European cars continues to grow

A study published today by Ducker Worldwide in cooperation with the European Aluminium Association (EAA) shows that the amount of aluminium used per car produced in Europe almost tripled between 1990 and 2012, increasing from 50 kg to 140 kg. This amount is predicted to rise to 160 kg by 2020, and even reach as much as 180 kg if small and medium cars follow the evolution recorded in the upper segments of the automobile industry. The weight savings achieved thanks to this aluminium content will lead to an average annual fuel saving of 65 litres per car.

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EAA presents study on Aluminium for Safer Trucks together with Transport & Environment (T&E)

EAA, together with Transport & Environment (T&E), have presented to the press on 20 March a study on the design of tractor fronts for optimised safety and fuel consumption. The “Safer Trucks” concept brings a valuable contribution to road safety and environment by improving three aspects: passive safety, aerodynamics and safety of vulnerable road users.

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Alufoil Trophy winners demonstrate fresh thinking with existing and new products

Entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2012 showed great originality in developing advanced forms of familiar products as well as some ground breaking new ideas, according to this year’s judges. The competition, organised by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), attracted 52 entries across five categories and ranged from household goods to packaging, on through to automotive installment loan applications and a remarkable survival product.

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Aluminium industry sets out Roadmap to ‘lighten the load’ by 2050

Today the European Aluminium Association (EAA) presented the “Aluminium 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon Europe”. Despite the recent and announced closures and curtailments of smelters in Europe, the aluminium industry is committed to further reducing its overall emissions and, as the Roadmap shows, it could reach up to 79% reductions by 2050.

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GDA/DAVR – Aluminium packaging: recycling protects the climate

Rate of recycling rises to new peak level of 86.4%

Düsseldorf, 25 January 2012 – For aluminium packaging the positive trend in recycling continues. According to a current study by GVM Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung mbH, Mainz, in the year 2010 79,300 tonnes of the 91,800 tonnes on the market were recycled. This equals a rate of recycling of 86.4%. In particular for aluminium beverage cans in the deposit system GVM estimates a rate of return of 96%. This is the highest amount in Europe.

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“Permanent materials” pave the way to a true recycling and resource efficient society

Metal Packaging Europe (MPE), in partnership with Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP, today launched the concept of “permanent materials”, those preserving their material qualities with infinite recyclability. Such materials boost a resource efficient society and have the capability to provide a key and unlimited natural asset for future generations.
Committed to and united through a sustainability manifesto, the metal packaging sector is ready to take on this challenge and has set itself a target to increase the European average metal recycling from close to 70% to 80% by 2020.

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European Aluminium Association launches its new website

EAA, the European Aluminium Association, has launched today its new website:

“With our new website which features – along with a vibrant new look – enhanced tools to improve the navigation – EAA has sought to better support its members and all stakeholders with a distinctive public tool to aid in understanding the wide range of policy and technical issues covered by the association”, underlined Erich Cuaz, Public Affairs and Communication manager.

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EAA celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Hall-Héroult Process

The Legacy of the Aluminium Twins

In 1886, two young 23-year old inventors simultaneously and independently filed their patents for the production of aluminium: the French Paul Héroult and the American Charles Martin Hall. Known as the Hall-Héroult Process, the invention was based on the fused-salt electrolysis of alumina dissolved in a molten cryolite bath. It gave way to the modern aluminium industry. 125 years later, the process is still used but has been dramatically improved to meet economic, energy and environmental challenges. Consumption jumped from a few thousand tons in 1900 to 50 million tons worldwide nowadays. A third of this metal is produced from recycling.

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Aluminium industry committed to resource efficiency

Brussels, 20 September 2011
The European Aluminium Association (EAA) welcomes the European Commissions Resource Efficiency Road Map and highlights the properties of aluminium that can significantly contribute to achieve its objectives, namely endless recyclability, life-cycle perspective, and efficiency in the use phase.

The aluminium industry has always encouraged EU decision-makers to address the critical issue of metals recycling, which is essential to preserve scarce resources of raw materials and reduce water consumption and CO2 emissions, said Patrick de Schrynmakers, EAA Secretary General.

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Aluminium Beverage Can Recycling Makes Good Progress in Serbia

Belgrade, 15 September 2011
On the occasion of the EAA Packaging Group annual recycling seminar organised this year in Belgrade in close cooperation with the Serbian Recan Fund, the promising beverage can recycling rates in Central & Eastern Europe were confirmed. With Poland on top (66%), followed by Estonia (59%) and Slovenia (50%) other countries seem to make good progress as well the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary already enjoy recycling rates of 40% or more and the Baltic countries, Romania an Bulgaria are now above 30%. This should motivate Serbia to further improve its relatively young can recycling programme, started a few years ago when Recan Fund launched its first can recycling promotion activities.

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From Ashes to Metals – Recycling from Waste-to-Energy bottom ashes contributes to a more “resource efficient” Europe

Copenhagen, 7 September 2011
The first joint seminar From Ashes to Metals organized by the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) and the Packaging Group of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) was very successful. The seminar gathered a significant number of experts and companies active in the rapidly developing sector of treating bottom ashes from Waste-to-Energy plants as a valuable resource for recycled metals and other secondary aggregates.

The main conclusion of the seminar is that collection of metals from bottom ashes can make an important contribution towards a more resource efficient Europe. Speakers from both industries presented the latest environmental and economic scenarios and demonstrated that due to the availability of innovative sorting techniques yields can be considerably increased.

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Aluminium Beverage Can Recycling Rate Hits 64% in Europe!

The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the EU 27 including EFTA countries and Turkey increased by 1.2% to 64.3% in 2009. Despite the difficult economic situation the consumption of aluminium beverage cans in wider Europe remained at 34 billion units – it was possible to collect and recycle a further 400 million in addition to the 21 billion cans already recycled. The additional amount of cans recycled results into an extra greenhouse gas saving of 50.000 tons, which is the equivalent of removing 20.000 passenger cars from the road for a whole year!

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Industry establishes the “METALS FOR BUILDINGS” European alliance

Industry establishes the “METALS FOR BUILDINGS” European alliance and calls on EU legislators to consider end-of-life recycling rate of building products as a resource saving indicator.

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The European aluminium industry successfully delivers on safety

More than 50 participants, mainly consisting of safety specialists and managers from plants all over Europe attended the Safety workshop organised by EAA, the European Aluminium Association, in Brussels. The objective of these workshops is to exchange information and gather knowledge about best practices and innovative solutions in order to improve the safety performance within the industry and foster the development of networks among experts in Europe.

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World Grill and Barbecue Championship 2011 And the winner comes from Austria

The World Grill and Barbecue Champion 2011 is Christoph Gollenz. Together with his team Goli & Chef Partie from Austria, he convinced the expert judges at the 2011 World BBQ Championship which was sponsored by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) and held last weekend in Gronau in Germany.

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Metal Packaging Europe launches at Interpack 2011

Metal Packaging Europe, a new trade body representing the united interests of producers and suppliers of metal packaging across Europe, will launch at this years Interpack, held in Düsseldorf, Germany on 12 – 18 May 2011.

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Happy birthday aluminium! 125 years adding value to society

This year marks the anniversary of a discovery that has not only improved our lives, but plays an eminent role for Europes sustainable development. Safer and more fuel efficient transportation, energy efficient buildings, infinitely recyclable packaging all have been possible with the help of this discovery made 125 years ago which enabled the production and the use of aluminium on an industrial scale.

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White Paper acknowledges lightweighting as a main driver for sustainable transport

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) welcomes todays call for lighter and more efficient vehicles in the Commissions White Paper on Transport and strongly supports the promotion of light-weighting as part of the EUs strategy towards more sustainable transport by 2020.

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EAA launches its ‘Sustainability of the European Aluminium Industry 2010′ report

EAA and its member companies launched in 2002 a pioneering exercise: more than 30 measurable Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) were identified for the production of aluminium in collaboration with the UNEP/ Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), the University of Versailles and an additional peer group of internal and external stakeholders, with the clear intention to monitor their evolution over time and to report it publicly.

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International Aluminium Institute Launches Aluminium Recycling Website


Vienna, 22 February 2011 — The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) Chairman and Hydro CEO Svein Richard Brandtzg today welcomed the launch of a website highlighting the recycling advantages of aluminium products. Recognising the demand from customers, consumers and policymakers around the world for up-to-date and easy to access information, the IAI has developed the site to demonstrate the economic, social and environmental benefits and the future potential of aluminium recycling.

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CO2 emissions from vans

EP vote on CO2 emissions: a missed opportunity

Todays vote in the European Parliament on the Regulation on CO2 emissions from vans shows that EU decisionmakers still shy away from using lightweighting as a means to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles, according to the European Aluminium Association (EAA). Instead, the adopted Regulation allows heavier vehicles to emit more CO2.

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Novelis’ Tadeu Nardocci, new chairman of the European Aluminium Association

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) is pleased to announce that Tadeu Nardocci, President of Novelis Europe, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the association. Effective January 1st, 2011, Mr. Nardocci succeeds Alcoa’s Marcos Ramos in this honorary role.

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100 Years of Aluminium Foil

Opening speech by the chairman of the EAA Packaging group :

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of EAA and the EAA Packaging Group I would also like to welcome you at our tasty event here in the centre of Brussels! I welcome in particular our distinguished guests representing some of our most important customer industries as well as the representatives of the European authorities. We are very pleased that you are celebrating together with us the 1st centennial of aluminium foil.

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Aluminium industry celebrates 100 years of aluminium foil

Policy makers, industry stakeholders, NGOs and media representatives were invited to attend an event jointly organised by the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of aluminium foil. The invitees assisted to a live cooking show and could taste quality dishes using aluminium foil.

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Q&A on the situation in Hungary post bauxite residue area failure

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Accidental events in Hungary on Monday 4th of October

In the light of the accidental events in Hungary on Monday 4th of October involving a bauxite residue deposit, the European Aluminium Association is fully committed to assist in the assessment of the situation and the origins of this tragedy.

“Our thoughts go to the families of the victims in Hungary. The aluminium industry is keen to understand the exact causes of this accident so all security measures are in place to prevent these unprecedented circumstances ever happening again” said Patrick de Schrynmakers, EAA Secretary General.

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EAA in Aluminium Essen Fair 2010

Almost 900 exhibitors, 18,000 participants, 47 countries represented and several thematic pavilions made the success of this years edition of the Essen Aluminium Trade Fair. This year again, EAA was partner of the largest aluminium fair in the world, and its team was pleased to welcome visitors at the joint EAA-OEA-IAI stand.

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Aluminium Study Featured on The New York Times – Green Blog

The New York Times featured a new study conducted by the University of Aachen for the European Aluminium Association in their influential Green Blog. The study shows that aluminum use in key automotive components can safely reduce vehicle weight by as much as 40 percent, compared to only 11 percent for high-strength steel. Reducing weight with automotive aluminium allows vehicles to increase safety, while providing environmentally-friendly increased performance.

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