Auto emission rules only a beginning

Monday this week was a good start for Aluminum and Anodized Aluminum. The reason is that President Barack Obama signed a memorandun to let states set their own auto emission rules.

Californias Govenor Arnold Schwazzernegger has wished to reduce CO2 emission from cars with 30 procent in 2016 and President Obama´s signeture now makes this possible.

This will give the automakers a huge need for using more Aluminum in their cars. The European Aluminium Association says that today's European cars contain an average of 132 kg of aluminum components. In the short term, many additional aluminum applications could be realised without significant re-engineering and extensive cost impact. This could easily reduce the average weight of the cars produced in Europe by 40 kg and because vehicle weight directly impacts fuel consumption, light-weighting is necessary more than ever to reduce CO2 emissions per km at the exhaust pipe.

Most of these additional applications, such as instrument panel, seat frames, etc. could be or should be anodized Aluminum parts.

Another perspective for Aluminum is President Barack Obama´s goal to ensure that 10 percent of Americas electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.

CEO, Jens Søby, Vestas, the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines, had a meeting with President Obama last week to talk about the ideas behind New Energy for America. Here the President confirmed that he sees the Wind Power and other kinds of alternative energy as one of the most important issues for America to become a green Country.

To meet the demands of the American market. Vestas has so far created more than 1,200 jobs in all areas including engineering, service and skilled labour. The number is expected to climb to more than 4,000 by the end of 2010, if President Barack Obama’s Recovery and Reinvestment Plan is carried out as intended and leading to the expected impact.