Aluminum recycling and processing for energy conservation by John Green, Editor

By John Green, Editor

For execs fascinated by sustainable improvement and effort conservation, this complete reference offers an in depth evaluation and basic research of sustainability concerns linked to the aluminum undefined. It presents a benchmark in assessing a sustainable imaginative and prescient for confident financial and environmental development, and it could function nice reference for teaching the following iteration of engineers at the calls for of sustainable improvement and the applying of life-cycle evaluation via undefined.

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Using a slightly more up-to-date terminology, we may say that the opportunities may be found in cleaner (greener) processing, alternative materials, dematerialization (lighter and less to do “same” function), and reuse or recycle. Since the 1970s, substantial progress has been made in each of these areas, but much more will clearly have to be done if we are to achieve a sustainable level of materials usage. Some general comments about each area follow. Cleaner Processing. Industry has clearly been the leader here; driven largely by regulation, dramatic improvements have been made in reducing effluents, cleaning up scrap, and minimizing energy uses.

Increasingly in other nations, the governmental role in recycling is moving from promotion to mandating, and with such a transition comes opportunity and challenge. Germany has gone farther than most with its “take-back” legislation. The Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act of 1996, requires manufacturers to recover, recycle, or dispose of assembled products such as automobiles, electronics, and household appliances when consumers retire them. Japan has introduced similar requirements in its Law Promoting the Utilization of Recycled Resources.

However no matter how hard we look, we are not going to find much materials research included in this total, because this survey focused on programs relating to pollution control and abatement, conservation, and management of natural resources. 20). When this materials survey was put together, no funding breakdown identifying environmental issues was made, so no quantitative information can be derived. The report does call out many examples of such activity, especially in the DoE and DoA, with some other examples in other agencies.

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