Aluminum

Please first consult the PDF documents for advice on the use of the corresponding spreadsheets. General guidance on developing an inventory can be found in the Corporate Standard.

The Aluminum tool, jointly developed by the International Aluminum Institute and the GHG Protocol, allows the CO2 and PFC emissions from primary aluminum production to be calculated. It offers methods for the following emission types:

  • CO2 from Prebake and Søderberg electrolytic processes
  • CO2 from electrolytic processes based on the consumption of carbon containing materials
  • An alternative method for CO2 from electrolytic processes, suitable for when no data are available on the consumption of carbon containing materials
  • CO2 from coke calcination
  • CO2 from soda ash and lime consumption
  • PFC from electrolytic cells suitable for when anode effect data are available
  • An alternative method for PFC from electrolytic cells, suitable for when anode effect data are unavailable

Aluminum plants have other greenhouse gas sources, such as the fuels used in energy production. All sources that are typically associated with an aluminum plant are listed below. Please see the complete listing of tools for other potentially relevant tools.

Downloads

Direct Emissions (Emission sources owned or controlled by you)

These sources are considered Scope 1 for reporting purposes

GHG emissions from the production of aluminum
Guidance Document (1.1 Mb)
Excel Worksheet (438 Kb)
Version: 2.0
Release date: March 2008
GHG emissions from stationary combustion
Guidance Document (1.7 Mb)
Excel Worksheet (1.7 Mb)
Version: 4.0
Release date: October 2010
GHG emissions from transport or mobile sources
Excel Worksheet (1.0 Mb)
Version: 2.0
Release date: June 2009

Indirect Emissions (Emissions from use of purchased electricity, heat or steam)

These sources are considered Scope 2 for reporting purposes

GHG emissions from purchased electricity
Guidance Document (206 Kb)
Excel Worksheet (1.4 Mb)
Version: 4.0
Release date: September 2010
Allocation of Emissions from a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant
Guidance Document (231 Kb)
Excel Worksheet (50 Kb)
Version: 1.0
Release date: September 2006

Other Indirect Emissions (All other emission sources)

These sources are considered Scope 3 for reporting purposes

GHG emissions from transport or mobile sources
Excel Worksheet (1.0 Mb)
Version: 2.0
Release date: June 2009

Additional Guidance Documents

These additional documents provide further clarification on quantification and reporting issues

A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Corporate Standard)
Guidance Document (3.5 Mb)
Base Year Adjustments
Guidance Document (143 Kb)
Categorizing GHG Emissions Associated with Leased Assets
Guidance Document (105 Kb)
Measurement and Estimation Uncertainty of GHG Emissions
Guidance Document (227 Kb)
Excel Worksheet (57 Kb)
Version: 1.0
Release date: September 2003