Aluminium use on planet earth
The total consumption of aluminium in all its various forms (rolled, extruded, cast, forged etc.) in 2015 was estimated to be 60 million tons.
Approximately 1 billion tons of aluminium are in use in the world today – as these products (planes, cars, buildings, appliances, smart phones) reach the end of their life they will provide more recycling opportunities. A beverage can has a life measured in weeks – a commercial airliner can be in service for 30 years – but they will both be recycled back into aluminium products.
Recycling aluminium consumes only 5% of the energy needed to smelt primary aluminium.
No other major industrial material has such a large difference between the impact of its two sources (primary or scrap) on the environment.