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The Aluminum Association Congratulates New Chair for United Nations Environment Program's Sustainable Buildings and Climate Change Initiative
July 10, 2009

The Aluminum Association (AA) congratulates Birgitte Holter, from AA member company Hydro, for her new role as chairperson of the United Nations Environment Program's Sustainable Buildings and Climate Change Initiative (UNEP SBCI). Currently Holter works for Hydro's aluminum building systems sector where she is responsible for strategy, brand portfolio and global marketing. She says many are still unaware that the building sector is responsible for 30-to-40 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions but, she says, there is good news—a large portion of these emissions could be reduced with available technology, at very low cost.

"We speak as one voice representing the building sector, but we are made of everyone from material suppliers to city regulators," said Holter. "It is important for Hydro to contribute to bringing forward such messages, since buildings represent the most important share of total aluminium consumption—and because we in Hydro already have aluminium-based, energy-saving solutions for buildings and are willing to develop more. We do believe aluminium is part of the solution."

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