The North American aluminum industry is committed to sustainability and making improvements in the environmental efficiency and impacts of aluminum. The Aluminum Association released third-party validated Environmental Product Declarations for a variety of aluminum products.
The modern skyscraper would not be possible without the use of aluminum. With aluminum’s durability, high strength-to-weight ratio, design flexibility and contributions to energy savings, it is the material of choice for architects and designers. In fact, there are many things in buildings that are made from aluminum including door frames, window frames, siding, roofs, curtain walls and entire facades. Using aluminum in buildings can even help the structure qualify for green building status under LEED.
A mainstay on supermarket shelves, in vending machines and on kitchen counters everywhere for more than 50 years, the aluminum can is making a comeback of sorts – with craft beer brewers nationwide expressing their love for the humble package. Lightweight, infinitely recyclable and impervious to light and air, brewers love the can because it keeps beer fresher and protects taste.
The aluminum industry was highlighted in the 2014 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook as a case study in how industrial efficiency efforts can have a positive impact on the environment.