ALUMINUM RECYCLING – A SOLUTION FOR CO2 EMISSION REDUCTION
Greenhouse gas emissions, also called carbon emissions or CO2 emissions, are gases in the atmosphere that absorb and emit infrared radiation. The existence of a balance between absorbed and emitted infrared radiation is a major element for the climate and the global environment. The process of uncontrolled emission of greenhouse gases is the root cause of the controversial greenhouse effect in the atmosphere, which generates the phenomenon of global warming.
The main goal of the ongoing project in our company is to reduce these CO2 emissions by recycling aluminum, displacing this way the production of primary aluminum from bauxite, a significantly more polluting process, with a much greater impact on the environment.
The project is going through a certification process to adhere to the international Gold Standard (www.goldsandard.org), which utilises innovative approaches to quantify, certify and maximise impacts towards climate security and sustainable development under Gold Standard for the Global Goals, and it is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The activity of the project is a model for other similar aluminum recycling facilities in Romania and Eastern Europe, which deliver sustainable development. Furthermore, the project is in line with specific UN requirements and with the circular economy (aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources) directives.
- contributes to local environmental sustainability since recycling decreases the overall energy use, GHGs and environmental burden from natural resources extraction.
- reduces the amount of waste to be disposed in the landfills;
- helps with one of the basic environmental principals, the proximity principal, increasing the nearby capacity for recycling;
- contributes towards better working conditions in the local region;
- improves local and regional economic development;
- contributes to the development of local technological capacity because the manpower and the technical maintenance are provided domestically in the country;
- contributes to regional integration and connection with other sectors;
- contributes to the local municipalities’ funds for social insurance, such as health and pension funds, and to local and social community development;
- increases employment opportunities in the area where the project is located;