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Hydro Lucé first plant in France certified by DNV to produce Hydro CIRCAL

The aluminium recycling plant in Lucé is Hydro’s first plant in France certified to produce Hydro CIRCAL, a low-carbon recycled aluminium product containing at least 75 percent post-consumer, end of life scrap.

Hydro CIRCAL extrusion ingot
Lucé's initial annual production of Hydro CIRCAL is expected to be around 1000 tonnes. (Illustration photo: Halvor Molland/Hydro)

“Our customers are asking for more low-carbon products to further lower their carbon footprint and it’s exciting to be able to offer Hydro CIRCAL at Lucé. This also helps to accelerate the circular economy in Europe,” says Eivind Kallevik, Executive Vice President of Hydro Aluminium Metal.

Recycling scrap aluminium requires only 5 percent of the energy used to produce primary aluminium, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Certified low-carbon aluminium

By adding capabilities to produce Hydro CIRCAL at Lucé, Hydro will be able to supply customers in the region with more certified low-carbon aluminium.

“We are proud to be the first plant in France certified to produce Hydro CIRCAL, producing low-carbon recycled aluminium for our customers. This is a great recognition of the team in Lucé, knowing how hard we have worked to get this certification. I am very proud of the team,” says Karl Willart, Director of Operations at Hydro Lucé.

Luce management
Hydro Lucé management. From left: Ianis Moulin (Process Enginner), Karl Willart (Plant Manager), Amandine Benoit (QHSE Manager) and Sebastien Kret (Production Responsible).

Important enabler to strengthen position in low-carbon aluminium

The initial annual production of Hydro CIRCAL from Lucé is expected to be around 1000 tonnes. The independent risk management and quality assurance company DNV-GL issued the certificate for production on October 28, 2022.

Increased recycling of post-consumer scrap is one of three main initiatives in Hydro's climate strategy. Hydro's goal is to double the use of post-consumer scrap by 2025, from around 250,000 tonnes to over 500,000 tonnes per year. The use of post-consumer scrap significantly reduces the CO2 footprint compared to pre-consumer (process) scrap as well as to primary aluminium.

Earlier this year, Hydro produced its first batch of Hydro CIRCAL 100R at its recycler in Clearveaux, Luxembourg

About Hydro Lucé

The recycling plant in Lucé has been serving key European industries since 1959. Today, the plant recycles 62,000 tonnes per year of recycled aluminum extrusion ingot, serving industries such as building and construction, automotive and transportation.

About Hydro CIRCAL

Hydro CIRCAL is a certified alloy with post-consumer recycled aluminium, containing at least 75 percent post-consumer aluminium scrap. The composition of CIRCAL is verified by DNV GL, based on traceability and quality principles developed by Hydro.

Hydro’s advanced scrap sorting technology makes it possible for the company to offer prime quality aluminium with the most post-consumer recycled content available in the market.

Read more about Hydro's low-carbon aluminium solutions



Kristin Karlstad

Head of Communication & Public Affairs, Hydro Aluminium Metal

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