The reform of the European Emission Trading System (ETS) is the cornerstone of the European climate policy and if well implemented, one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions. The ETS Reform will be vital in letting us deliver the targets agreed during the Paris COP21 Climate Change Conference in December 2015.
Electricity is aluminium’s lifeblood. Because there is no energy alternative for the sector to electricity, the aluminium industry is a front runner on energy efficiency. The European Aluminium industry is showing steady improvement since the 1950s and electricity consumption has fallen by more than a third over that period. Europe’s intention to further revise the electricity market design can play a major role to improve the conditions for our competitiveness and long term investments.
Decarbonisation of transport
Aluminium has a great role to play in decarbonisation of transport. Light weighting is driving emissions reductions from road transport. To guarantee this transition to a low carbon economy, technology neutral CO2 regulations for vehicles are critical as they will allow to take full benefit of light weighting into account.
The aluminium industry is constantly searching new ways to use energy more effectively. The industry is committed to maximise the energy-saving potential of aluminium products but also to increase recycling through improved aluminium collection as well as streamline energy use through the entire production value chain. Our Sustainability Roadmap 2025 has defined a clear target to reduce industrial energy consumption by 10%, per tonne of aluminium produced or transformed in Europe.
The aluminium industry supports the holistic optimisation of the energy performance of buildings taking into account outdoor climatic and local conditions, as well as indoor climate requirements and cost-effectiveness, as required by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Since its recast in 2010, the Directive has contributed to improving the performance of European buildings, but renovation rates are still too low, and we are facing inappropriate setting of minimum performance requirements for some building elements, too much focused on thermal insulation and neglecting other thermal characteristics.
The aluminium industry is involved in the implementation, evaluation and revision of energy efficient product policies like Energy Labelling and Ecodesign.