Lower-carbon aluminium can achieve payload reductions, reduced carbon intensity and opportunities for more sustainable commercial transport fleets.

With businesses under growing pressure to map their paths to decarbonisation, the transport industry and other high-emitting sectors are increasingly finding themselves in the spotlight.

The transport industry, which includes passenger vehicles, aviation and shipping, is responsible for approximately one-fifth of global carbon dioxide emissions. But within that segment, during 2018, commercial trucks made up as much as 29.4% of transport emissions.

Global CO2 Emissions from Transport

This is based on global transport emissions in 2018, which totalled 8 billion tonnes CO2. Transport accounts for 24% of CO2 emissions from energy.

For many organisations, sustainability challenges are increasingly becoming business challenges. Consumers, investors and other stakeholders want to engage with businesses that take climate change and other sustainability issues seriously. As organisations respond by developing credible plans to reach net-zero emissions, transport companies and commercial fleets are likely to find their operating models under additional pressure as their clients scrutinise the carbon intensity of their supply and value chains to reduce “scope 3” emissions.

As the transport sector innovates and explores opportunities for more sustainable vehicle design, there is much evidence that Aluminium will have an important role to play.

Advanced, lightweight, strong and resilient materials are essential for boosting the fuel economy of modern vehicles while maintaining safety and performance. Because it takes less energy to accelerate a lighter object than a heavier one, lightweight materials offer great potential for increasing vehicle efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. A 10% reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6%-8% fuel economy improvement. Replacing cast iron and traditional steel components with lightweight Aluminium can directly reduce the weight of a vehicle’s body and chassis by up to 50 percent, reducing a vehicle’s fuel consumption and direct carbon emissions. 

What’s more, choosing to make that switch and use LocAl Green or Supergreen aluminium demonstrates a solid commitment to making a cleaner, greener choice in the design and manufacture of transport vehicles.

The carbon emissions of primary Aluminium used within trucks, trailers, ute trays, fleet vehicles, busses and caravans can be reduced significantly by choosing LocAl Super Green for your projects.

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    Three reasons why you should consider LocAl for your transport projects:

    Consumers, investors, and other stakeholders care about Carbon.

    77% of consumers are more willing to spend with a company that has a corporate social responsibility pledge. The decision to use lower carbon aluminium represents a commitment to lowering the carbon emissions associated with your products which will be respected by business and end-user consumers

    LocAl is extruded locally and supplied through local supply chain.

    LocAl Green and LocAl Super Green products are extruded in Australia by Capral Aluminium, Australia’s largest Aluminium extruder. Capral has a proven track record in supporting the transport sector by developing custom-designed extrusions and providing access to a wide range of standard profiles. A local supplier delivers supply chain assurance and ensures a qualified local team will manage your requirements.

    It's the right thing to do.

    The current trajectory of global warming is above two degrees by 2050. If this continues, the outcome will be large-scale human migration, increased spread of infectious diseases, critical water shortages and colossal biodiversity loss. The time for businesses to take action in responsible procurement to mitigate their environmental impact is now.

    Find out if LocAl is suitable for your business or project.