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Aluminium and transport

Did you know that 65 per cent of the largest commercial plane in the world, the Airbus A380, is made of aluminium?  Aluminium keeps planes light, which means less fuel is used, fewer emissions are released into the atmosphere and lower ticket prices are experienced by travellers.
 
It would be hard to imagine the world without aluminium.  Even though some don’t realise it, we continually see our metal as part of our everyday lives.
 
The global automotive industry uses seven million tonnes of aluminium each year. Next time you’re driving, remember that the typical aluminium part in cars is 40-50% lighter than comparable steel parts which lowers fuel consumption and decreases exhaust gas emissions.  Every kilogram of aluminium used in a car potentially saves a net 20 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions over the car’s life.  For other vehicles, such as trains, ferries and aircraft, the potential savings are even greater.
 
A lifecycle study demonstrated that the use of aluminium in passenger cars, manufactured in 2006, will lead to potential global savings of around 140 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions and energy savings equivalent to 60 billion litres of crude oil over the lifecycle of the vehicles.
 
There is no doubt that the use of aluminium in transport provides lifecycle benefits in improved performance, fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse emissions.
 
It is expected that aluminium recycling and the use of aluminium in transport will make aluminium climate neutral by 2020.  Alcoa is proud to be part of the solution to climate change.


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