Aluminium sector reduces green impacts

Sustainability report shows further improvements in environmental performance up to 2005

The EU aluminium industry continued to reduce its environmental impacts between 2002 and 2005 despite increasing output, the sector reported in Brussels on Wednesday.

The European aluminium association (EAA) said the sector cut greenhouse gas emissions from primary aluminium production, of which nearly half are perfluorocarbons by around 8%.

Emissions of benzo-a-pyrene (BaP), an indicator for polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), dropped by 23%.  EU rules on air quality limit air concentrations of the chemical to 1ng/m3 by 2012 (EED 28/01/05).

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