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Hydro aims to include recycling within its primary aluminium production in Norway

Hydro is exploring ways to recycle aluminium directly within the primary production process at its Norwegian smelters, which would further reduce its industry-leading climate footprint from primary aluminium and increase production through the use of post-consumer scrap.

Hydro Høyanger
Hydro’s plant in Høyanger will be the pilot in the project, aiming to recycle aluminium directly within the primary production. (Photo: Halvor Molland)

“We are currently piloting this innovative solution at our Høyanger plant. Following this verification, we aspire to apply this approach across our Norwegian smelters – with an initial ambition of adding 10 percent to our total primary production in Norway through post-consumer scrap,” says Head of Primary Production in Hydro Aluminium Ola Sæter.

Ola Sæter
Ola Sæter, Head of Primary Production. (Photo: Nils Vibe-Rheymer)

“This would enable us to offer our most climate-conscious customers a new and improved alternative in their sustainability efforts,” Sæter says.

Low-carbon, circular aluminium

Since Hydro’s aluminium production in Norway is entirely based on renewable power, its average CO2 emissions are already only 25 percent of the global average and available to customers as Hydro REDUXA certified low-carbon primary aluminium. The introduction of post-consumer scrap in the production process of primary aluminium would improve its climate performance even further.

“In Norway we do have the competence, skills and deep technological understanding necessary to be a leader within our global industry, driving the development of circular solutions for the circular economy and combining profitability and sustainability,” says Sæter.

Hydro produces primary aluminium based on renewable power at five plants in Norway, representing an annual capacity of around 1.2 million tonnes of value-added products of Hydro’s total primary production globally of just above 2 million tonnes per year. From Hydro’s network of recyclers, Hydro already produces Hydro CIRCAL with a guaranteed content of at least 75 percent recycled, post-consumer aluminium scrap.


Über Hydro CIRCAL: Hydro CIRCAL ist eine Produktreihe, die aus recyceltem Aluminium hergestellt wird. Durch die Verwendung von recyceltem Material reduzieren wir den Energieverbrauch stark, sind aber dennoch in der Lage, hochwertige Produkte anzubieten. Der Schrottanteil ist unterschiedlich, abhängig von den Spezifikationen des Kunden, aber wir garantieren immer einen CO2-Fußabdruck unter 2,3 kg CO2 pro 1 kg Aluminium.

Über Hydro REDUXA: Hydro REDUXA ist unsere Produktreihe mit zertifiziertem Aluminium mit niedrigem Kohlenstoffgehalt. Es wird mit erneuerbarer Energie produziert, was zu einer CO2-Bilanz von höchstens 4,0 Kilo CO2 pro 1 kg Aluminium führt - das entspricht einem Viertel des Weltdurchschnitts. So entsteht Aluminium mit einem der kleinsten CO2-Fußabdrücke.


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