DECO to use Capral low carbon aluminium

Australian manufacturer DECO which provides specialised aluminium building products and protective metal coatings is to switch 100 percent of their Capral aluminium purchases over to LocAl Green – Capral’s lower Carbon aluminium option.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was present for the announcement of the decision on Friday at the official opening of the DECO Innovation Centre (pictured).

DECO will start receiving the supply of LocAl Green lower-carbon aluminium from June 2023.

Capral introduced LocAl in November 2022, becoming the first Australian aluminium supplier to make Lower carbon aluminium options available to its customers.

The Capral LocAl offer includes two lower carbon aluminium options: LocAl Green with carbon emissions of 8kg CO2e/kg Al and LocAl Super Green at 4kg CO2e/kg Al – amongst the lowest carbon aluminium available globally.

Capral’s General Manager of Industrial and Procurement Luke Hawkins said: “The DECO leadership team were in touch with Capral within days of the LocAl offer being introduced.

“We have worked together to ensure we can support DECO on their sustainability journey and have agreed to supply LocAl Green across all the locally extruded aluminium products DECO purchases from us.”

For DECO, Capral’s Lower Carbon aluminium option provided an opportunity to support responsible procurement and sustainability initiatives across their business. commitment to sustainability and market leadership.

DECO General Manager Richard Hamber said: “The agreement is an important part of DECO’s ongoing Sustainability Framework, which has a core environmental focus of reducing carbon emissions across our entire business and product offering.

“This switch to LocAl Green aluminium will allow DECO to meet the growing customer demand to provide better sustainable outcomes across the architectural and building industry.”

DECO LocAl Green made it possible to reduce the embodied carbon in the aluminium they procure whilst maintaining their existing supplier relationship and without impact on the production process or supply chain.

Hamber said: “One simple decision to change how we purchase aluminium within our business could save up to 4,400 tonnes of carbon annually.”

Much of the product DECO supply ends up in the built environment where carbon has become a critical concern as architects, builders, and developers look for ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction.

It is estimated that the embodied carbon emissions of materials used in Australian construction are 30 to 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year (for domestic production), approximately five to ten per cent of national greenhouse gas emissions.
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