Two of the world’s biggest aluminium producers just announced a major breakthrough! A new technology that removes carbon dioxide from the smelting process in aluminium production has been unveiled. Together with the Canadian government, Alcoa and Rio Tinto developed a proprietary material that replaces the carbon emitting anodes that are destroyed during the smelting process. . Finding ways to reduce the environmental impacts related to metal production, a criterion that is increasingly being used to assess new technologies, has been labeled as “the most significant development in aluminium in a century” by companies’ executives. . Aluminum production accounts for about 0.8% of global GHG emissions. This new development would help reduce a significant amount of carbon emissions—the equivalent of removing about 1.8 million vehicles off the road in Canada alone. From packaging food to construction and transportation, aluminium is one of the most versatile and heavily used metals on Earth. Even space shuttles contain up to 90% of aluminum alloys in their parts. It is the third most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust and is one of our best recyclable materials. Theoretically, it is 100% recyclable and it uses 95% less energy to recycle scrap aluminum then to produce new aluminum. . This is also great news for the auto industry. Even before this new technology was unveiled, experts were predicting that the average aluminium content in cars would increase to 60% by 2025. The reason for this is because manufacturers are replacing steel with aluminum to make cars more fuel efficient, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. This new breakthrough will definitely help stimulate this transition. While large amounts of energy are still required in the smelting process, this could come from renewable sources in the future, making aluminium production carbon-free. . 📷: Mike Enerio on Unsplash
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#WednesdayWisdom One of the most common questions we get asked is "exactly what does '#sus#sustainableism' mean?" See our site, blog, & what we talk about everyday for that. The next question is, "but how can it be #sustainable if you #fly?". Now we do think #tourism #flying gets a disproportionate bad rep for #emissions. It's far from the worst. Do the same people question having less children or stopping eating beef for example - for which there's greater #carbon #imp#impacts. But undoubtedly it does have a negative #impact on the world and is growing - worryingly, more than previously understood, as reported last week. But like all #sustainability, it's about balance, and it's a #journey to improve, and there's things you can do to lessen your personal impact. So read our latest blog "Top 10 Tips on How to Reduce Your Carbon #Footprint in #Travel (and should you Carbon #offset?)" to wise up this #wednesday. And let us know - what surprises you from this about #aviation, emissions or #offsetting? Link in bio // on www.earth-changers.com > #blog
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#carbonbloc initiative at #KoreaNationalAssembly - can power-hungry #blockchain, for a change, help reduce #carbonemissions? #goventureforum #becrypto
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We, at @EnKingIntIndia, believe in enriching ourselves with regular #knowledge sharing sessions. Such activities further support our performances & overall #growth. Here are the glimpses of #TimeManagement session by Mr. Salim Sheikh from Inside Out Solutions. #EnKingInternational #UNFCCC #Verra #VCS #GoldStandard #ClimateChange #SaveTheEarth #CarbonEmissions #Indore #India
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Danielle’s Story - Loves working with kids and teaches anger management classes for girls. Moving Stories is a collection of random, impromptu interviews. Raw and often surprising, the interviews provide a glimpse into the lives of everyday Australians, connecting stories of moving in, moving out and moving on. Full story 👉🏼ecoloads.com.au/moving-stories
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Transportation is now the largest source of carbon emissions in the Northeast, in large part due to regional policies that have rapidly reduced power sector emissions. States in the region are now looking to apply similar policies toward reducing transportation emissions through the Transportation Climate Initiative, and are gathering input through a series of listening sessions. Acadia Center policy analysts Emily Lewis (center left) and Jordan Stutt participated in the most recent session this Monday in Hartford.
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The hidden carbon cost of everyday products Andrey N Bannov / shutterstock Kai Whiting, Universidade de Lisboa and Luis Gabriel Carmona, Universidade de Lisboa The targets set in the Paris Agreement on climate change are ambitious but necessary. Failure to meet them will lead to widespread drought, disease and desperation in some of the world’s poorest regions. #Carbonemissions #Climatechange #manufacturing #Mining https://spaceedge.com/2018/05/22/the-hidden-carbon-cost-of-everyday-products/
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