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Green Aluminum, Coming Soon to a Metals-Trading Desk Near You

There’s potential for a separate, premium market in metal that claims ‘clean’ status

Sanctioned Russian Aluminum Maker United Co. Rusal
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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Aluminum and the climate movement have a complicated relationship. The lightweight metal used in cars, airplanes and drinks cans is touted as a green alternative, yet it’s the most carbon-intensive industrial metal to produce.

As investors and consumers zero in on polluting industries, and pressure intensifies on manufacturers to source materials responsibly, the aluminum industry may be headed for a schism, with the potential for a separate, premium market in metal that claims “clean” status.