According to an article in (Maryville, TN) The Daily Times, Alcoa has said that by 2017 the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted in the production of aluminum will be balanced or offset by the amount of GHGs save by using lightweight aluminum in the transportation industry. Snippets:
``ALCOA is helping to lead the global aluminum industry in making aluminum climate neutral,'' said Randall M. Overbey, president of ALCOA Primary Metals Development, in a press release. ``Given the great attributes of aluminum -- it is easy to recycle, strong and yet lightweight -- the industry will be able to reach a climate neutral state by 2017. There's no other industry that we are aware of today that can make this claim, which will help solve global warming.''
Reaching a climate neutral state means the global warming impacts of aluminum production will be fully offset by the amount of carbon dioxide emissions saved by its use in the transportation industry, the press release said.
``As ALCOA leads this change, we will share our learnings with others as part of our climate change initiatives so that we can leverage the knowledge, much like we have done with our safety programs,'' Overbey said in the release.