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OUR COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIROMENT

Unex Systems is committed to simple and practicable policies that will contribute to a clean and sustainable environment, as summarized below;

  • Minimize wastage.
  • Recycling aluminium waste.
  • Separating and recycling of waste paper and cardboard.
  • Select suppliers with responsible green policies.
  • Printed literature from environmentally responsible and sustainable sources.
  • Use modern technology lighting with low electricity consumption.
  • Selection of recyclable materials for our products wherever practicably possible (e.g. aluminium).

ALUMINIUM - TODAY’S GREEN METAL

The following information has been sourced by permission from “The International Aluminium Institute”.  It highlights the advantages of specifying aluminium in architectural design with respect to environmental considerations, and shows the aluminium industry’s sustainability and the sustainability of its products, including building applications. In the context of increasing importance of green building schemes around the world it is important that aluminium is specified on the basis of its sustainable life cycle credentials.  Source: http://greenbuilding.world-aluminium.org/

Responsible Mining

“Recent information is now showing that the average annual rehabilitation area of existing bauxite mining areas is equal to the average annual area being opened up. In this steady state environment, bauxite mining is “land area footprint neutral” and sustainable.”
(Dave Olney and Steve Healy, IAI Bauxite and Alumina Committee Chairmen)

Recycling

“Between 92% and 98% of architectural aluminium were found to be collected and recycled in Europe.”
(Professor Udo Boin em., Delft University of Technology)

Cradle to Cradle Life Cycle

“Today, approximately 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in productive use, having been through countless loops of its lifecycle.”
(Ken Martchek, IAI Energy and Environment Committee Chairman)

Urban Mining

“Globally, it is estimated that buildings and their contents contain some 400 million tonnes of aluminium, which can be extracted and reused by future generations time after time, requiring only about 5% of the energy originally used to extract and process aluminium from more traditional geologic sources.”
(Professor Thomas E. Graedel, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science)

Environmental Declarations

“Environmental Product Declarations tools are the most comprehensive and transparent type of environmental information. To ensure quality control both the aluminium industry tool and the life cycle data has been externally verified.“
(Dr. Eva Schminke, Five Winds Consultancy)

Global Improvements

The aluminium industry has taken a leadership role by establishing a uniform global monitoring approach to energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals: Following an 86% reduction in its perfluorocarbon (PFC) emissions per tonne of primary aluminium produced between 1990 and 2006, a 50% reduction in PFC emissions by 2020 compared to 2006.

Following an 8% reduction in global smelter electrical energy usage per tonne of aluminium produced between 1990 and 2006, a further 5% reduction by 2020 compared to 2006. A 10% reduction in refinery energy usage by the industry as a whole by 2020 versus 2006.

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