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13. September 2010

Aluminum Association works with industry to encourage PFC reductions in China

More Chinese smelters and the aluminum industry in India are showing interest in PFC reductions, says Aluminum Association’s sustainability specialist Marshall Wang. Wang attended the Vancouver Task Force meetings on aluminium, cement, building and appliances, renewable energy and distributed generation in Vancouver, Canada in March.

It was held as part of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate which aims to address issues of increased energy needs, air pollution, energy security, and climate change. The Aluminum Association participated in the Aluminum Task Force meeting along with the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the Australian Aluminium Council, The Aluminum Association of Canada, and China Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA).

Current projects include an aluminium industry sustainability measuring and benchmarking project, a bauxite residue management research project, a fluoride emission management project, and a project intended to address aluminium recycling, with the PFC management project remaining the task force’s top priority.

The Aluminum Association again highlighted the problem of global carbon leakage through landfill of recyclable and reusable materials such as aluminum and other metals and materials. The APP members are from: Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States

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