As with all materials, it also comes with a footprint. We see it as our responsibility to minimize the footprint when producing it, and as our opportunity to maximize its benefits in use.
To build the electrical cars, the windmills and the electrical ferries we need for a low-carbon future, we need materials.
Not just more materials, but more sustainable materials – ethically sourced, produced with low emissions, recyclable and longer-lasting. We believe aluminium plays an important part to meet these needs.
Every day we strive to make aluminium a part of the solution to the great challenges of our time, like climate change. Being engaged in the long aluminium value chain provides us with advantages that are unmatched by our global peers.
We have the ability to influence the production from its origin. By tracking each step along the way, we are able to document and be transparent about our sustainability practices.
People, Planet, Products
Developing a more holistic approach to sustainability, we have launched a set of ambitions and targets to reduce our own environmental impacts and emissions in production, developing greener products helping our customers design more sustainable solutions and making a positive difference by strengthening local communities and our business partners. We recognize that businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights, and that our operations may impact people. We assess and mitigate the risk to people continuously.
- Our climate strategy – “30 by 2030” – calls for a 30% reduction of own CO2 emissions throughout the aluminium value chain by 2030. We will do this through greener sourcing, greener production and greener products
- An environment strategy for 2030 will look to address the industry's key environmental challenges. Its main emphasis is on continued rehabilitation at our bauxite mine in Pará Brazil, reducing our tailings and bauxite residue footprints, recycling of spent pot lining and halving our non-greenhouse gas emissions (SO2, NOx and particulate matter only) to air.
- Through our social responsibility strategy, we emphasize community dialogue, and education and capacity building for 500,000 people, recognizing that we can only succeed if communities and partners around us also succeed.
Profitability and sustainability
There are ethical reasons for contributing to getting industry on to a more sustainable path towards the future. We owe it to future generations, who should inherit opportunities rather than problems. It’s part of our DNA – and mission – to contribute to viable societies.
Reduced risk, improved relationships with local stakeholders and neighbors, improved resource efficiency and new market opportunities also point to investing in “people, planet and products” as an upside potential rather than a liability.
We have a good starting point, including a high degree of renewable energy sourcing, technical expertise across the value chain and a spirit of innovation in product development in collaboration with our customers.
We are experiencing great interest in our new greener products REDUXA and CIRCAL, with a documented low-carbon footprint and record-high recycled content of post-consumer scrap.
And we are planning a “fuel switch” at our alumina refinery where significant reduction of greenhouse gas and other air emissions will go hand in hand with a very sound business case.
A building block of modern society
Aluminium is a key building block for the low-carbon, circular economy.
Aluminium is light. It reduces energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases when it is used in transportation, building systems, packaging and other applications.
It is 100% renewable. Recycling it requires only 5% of the energy needed to produce the metal the first time around. And aluminium lasts.
Its strength, flexibility and longevity makes it a more sustainable material than alternatives, with products lasting for generations.
Continuously reducing the footprint of producing aluminium is not only an ethical responsibility, we also see it is also a commercial opportunity.
In short, we believe that our future profitability depends on our ability to ensure future sustainability.