Our technical advocacy:

standards &

life cycle assessment

Technical advocacy and expertise have been key cornerstones of European Aluminium since the Association’s foundation over 40 years ago. Our technical advocacy covers everything from developing aluminium alloys and product-related standards to life cycle assessment models and environmental performance declarations. Our objective is to ensure that all aluminium products comply with the highest health, safety, and environmental requirements and that aluminium’s many sustainability benefits are fully reflected in products and performance declarations.

Focus On

Life Cycle Assessment: Assessing the environmental impact of our products

Thanks to our substantial expertise in LCA and industrial know-how, European Aluminium is a recognised partner in European environmental footprint policy – and beyond.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the best framework for assessing a product’s potential environmental impacts. It looks at all stages of a product’s life cycle, including the acquisition of raw materials, product fabrication, transportation, use, and end-of-life management.Thanks to its inclusion of end-of-life recycling, LCA is the only model that can truly capture the many benefits of our metal’s endless recyclability.

To facilitate new LCAs, the aluminium industry publishes environmental impact indicators for its main production processes and develops LCA models for a number of aluminium-containing products according to European and international standards. Our industry is also an active contributor to LCA-based methodologies developed by the European Commission, such as the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method.

Environmental Declaration of Building Products Programme

Since 2006, European Aluminium has run a programme for the Environmental Declaration of Building Products (EPDs) in which aluminium plays a significant role, such as aluminium windows, doors, curtain walls, composite panels, cladding, or roofing. An EPD is a standardised way to quantify a product’s environmental performance, process, or system and report on it based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Our EPD Programme follows the specification of the international standard ISO14025:2010. The various EPDs developed under our EPD programme are listed below. Expired EPDs are available upon request. For all information concerning our EPD Programme, please contact EPD@european-aluminium.eu.