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Environment Minister Remmel at Hydro

"During my one-year tenure, my image of the aluminum industry changed a lot," said Johannes Remmel, Minister of the Environment of North Rhine-Westphalia, when he was visiting Hydro for the first time this Wednesday: he "almost entered the fan club" .

At the Grevenbroich plant, Remmel saw how high-strength strips are made for lighter bonnets - and referred to his own BMW company car: "It emits significantly less CO2 because it consists of important parts made of aluminum."

The material aluminum is extremely likeable to him, "because we can count on it as a resource through recycling". Now it is important to reconcile the turn towards renewable energies with the energy-intensive industries in Germany, said the minister. “In future emissions trading in NRW will bring a large share of total income. For us as the state government, it is imperative that funds flow back to NRW from 2013 onwards in order to promote energy efficiency and renewable energies here, "said Remmel.

"We support the energy transition. Our aluminum products in particular are the basis for innovative and energy-efficient product solutions. However, in order to be able to make our contribution and to maintain the aluminum value chain in Germany, we need internationally competitive framework conditions, ”said Hydro board member Oliver Bell, who is responsible for Grevenbroich's aluminum rolling division worldwide from leads. Hydro has already used the technical possibilities of specifically saving energy in production to such an extent that “we can only achieve minimal effects with a lot of capital. We have to remain realistic: Our efficiency potential will not be able to compensate for large differences in electricity prices. So we also need internationally fair conditions for the price of electricity, ”emphasized Bell. He highlighted how aluminum from Hydro enables many renewable energies and energy efficiency in products in the first place.

"We already see you as a technology leader," praised Peter Jahns, managing director of the efficiency agency NRW at the presentation of the latest and current projects at Hydro in Grevenbroich and Neuss and Alunorf, in order to master production with even less use of energy . However, both sides want to maintain close contact for further efforts.

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