Aluminium nabs spot on Australia’s Strategic Materials List

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The Australian Aluminium Council has welcomed the inclusion of aluminium in Australia’s new Strategic Materials List.

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“Aluminium is, and will continue to be, one of the most widely used commodities in the global net zero transition,” the council said in a statement.

“This important recognition helps align Australia with our peers including Canada, USA, and Europe, who have also identified bauxite (aluminium ore) and aluminium as critical. Aluminium is also recognised by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency as one of the commodities most needed for both clean energy technologies; including solar, batteries and electric vehicles; and the construction of electricity networks; as
well as in broad strategic applications.

“The council encourages the Australian Government continue to build on [this] announcement through further engagement with the aluminium sector on policy settings across its resources, climate, energy, industry, environmental and trade portfolios.

“Under the right policy settings, the aluminium industry (bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and downstream manufacturing) can continue to play a central role in Australia’s economy, national security and manufacturing of modern technologies.

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“The industry will be able to continue to employ tens of thousands of Australians in high paying roles, while also meeting our domestic needs for aluminium and those of our strategic international partners in a changing geo-political landscape.”

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