Sumary of Africa: Abuses in Aluminum Supply Chains a Blind Spot for Car Industry:
- Car Companies Should Drive Up Standards at Mines, Refineries, Smelters Automobile companies need to do more to address human rights abuses in their aluminum supply chains.
- The transition to electric vehicles means that car manufacturers are forecast to double their aluminum consumption by 2050. The impacts of mining and refining the raw materials needed for aluminum include large-scale destruction of communities’ lands and damage to their water sources.
- The aluminum industry’s reliance on coal also means it is responsible for 2 percent of global annual greenhouse gas emissions.
- Car companies should use their increased purchasing power to protect communities harmed by the aluminum industry and apply pressure on mines, refineries, and smelters to respect human rights.
- (Washington, DC) – Automobile companies need to do more to address abuses in their aluminum supply chains and the bauxite mines they source from, Human Rights Watch and Inclusive Development International said in a report.
- Car manufacturers used nearly a fifth of all aluminum consumed worldwide in 2019 and they are forecast to double their aluminum consumption by 2050 as they transition to electric vehicles.
- “Car manufacturers see aluminum as a critical material for the transition to fuel-efficient vehicles,” said Jim Wormington, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.
- “They should use their ever-increasing purchasing power to protect the communities whose land and environments are harmed by the aluminum industry.