Japan aluminium industry aims to cut CO2 emissions by 78% by 2050

The new outlook also calls for Japan's aluminium industry to increase the use of secondary metal in rolled products

  
An employee works at the production line of aluminium rolls at a factory in Zouping, Shandong province, China November 23, 2019. Picture taken November 23, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Image used for illustrative purpose.

An employee works at the production line of aluminium rolls at a factory in Zouping, Shandong province, China November 23, 2019. Picture taken November 23, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Image used for illustrative purpose.

TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Japan's aluminium industry by 2050 aims to cut CO2 emissions by 78% versus 2017 levels by raising the use of recycled metal to 75% from the current 48%, the Japan Aluminium Association said on Monday.

The industry also aims to boost local demand by 43% to 6.02 million tonnes a year by 2050 from 4.22 million tonnes in 2019 by expanding its use in segments including transportation and construction, it said as part of a new long-term vision.

"With the new vision, we intended to make a strong impression of the fine characteristics of aluminium such as high environmental performance and show our strong will to boost our presence," Japan Aluminium Association Chairman Ichiro Okamoto told a news conference.

Okamoto is also the president of Nippon Light Metal Holdings Co Ltd .

The new outlook also calls for Japan's aluminium industry to increase the use of secondary metal in rolled products and extrusions to 50% by 2050 from the current 10% through development of various technologies including involving the sorting of scrap.

The industry group is also counting on innovation in smelting and refining technology by smelters to make refined ingots with lower CO2 emissions to help achieve its CO2 reduction target, it said.

(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; editing by Jason Neely) ((Yuka.Obayashi@thomsonreuters.com; +813-4563-2761;))

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