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March 5, 2008
Aluminum Can Help Transportation Industry Meet Sustainability Objectives
PITTSBURGH--Aluminum is part of the solution to improve the sustainability of the
transport industry. That was the key message given by Randall Scheps,
Alcoa’s director of Ground Transportation, to
attendees at the Weststart-CALSTART Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference
held recently in San Diego. The conference focused on advanced
technology for cleaner commercial transportation vehicles.
“Weight reduction can play a key role in
enabling the transportation industry and members of its supply chain to
meet their sustainability objectives. Aluminum is one of the most viable
light-weighting options available to Original Equipment Manufacturers in
all areas of transport for weight reduction applications,”
He cited a world aluminum industry report which stated the application
of aluminum in vehicles manufactured in 2006 will lead to potential
savings of approximately 140 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions
and to energy savings equivalent to 60 billion liters of crude oil over
the lifecycle of these vehicles.
Alcoa Leading the Way
Scheps said that Alcoa is a leader in innovation of aluminum to reduce
weight applications in all areas of transit. He described Alcoa’s
partnership with China’s largest bus
manufacturer, Zhengzhou Yutong, to design a lightweight, energy
efficient aluminum bus that will be on the road in time for the Olympic
Games in Beijing this summer.
“We anticipate a 1500 kg (about 3,300 pound)
weight reduction with the use of an aluminum space frame, wheels and
aluminum body panels on the bus, resulting in 50-80 tons of emissions
saved per bus over its lifetime,” he said.
Scheps also said that heavy-duty trucks could potentially be 4000-4500
pounds lighter by increasing aluminum usage in various applications.
“Aluminum plays a critical role in making
vehicles safer, cleaner, and more fuel efficient, but it also provides
cost savings for OEMS because of increased payload, reduced maintenance,
and longer service life, because aluminum is less corrosive than steel
and is fully recyclable,” said Scheps.
Aluminum’s Cradle to Cradle Sustainability
Scheps also pointed out the sustainability aspects of aluminum and the
metal’s significant benefits in both the use
stage and in the recycling stage of a vehicle.
“Aluminum is greener than ever. It can be
recycled endlessly with no degradation. Fifty billion used beverage cans
are recycled into auto and truck parts in the U.S. every year; recycling
one ton of metal saves 9 tons of CO2; and over 90% of aluminum used in
vehicles is recycled today.”
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is the world leader in the production and management of
primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its
active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry.
Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and
construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing
design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's
businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components
including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings,
Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening
systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems. The
Company has 97,000 employees in 34 countries and has been named one of
the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.