Currently, aluminum is experiencing the fastest-growing demand among metals in the world. The main reasons are its low weight and strength. Specifically, demand is driven by a transport sector that needs to improve fuel efficiency and reduce energy use through lighter cars, trains and trucks. Additionally, aluminum is key to zero-energy buildings, solar applications and packaging that preserves food and requires less energy to transport.
Innovation and technology development are the key enablers toward CO2-free processes, and our ambitions going forward is to reduce our own emissions by 10 percent in 2025 and by 30 percent in 2030. The main drivers to achieve this are:
- A greener energy mix at Alunorte
- R&D for low or zero-carbon technology towards 2050 - exploring different paths such as carbon capture and storage, biomass anodes and carbon-free processes.
Leading up to 2020, our ambition is to reach carbon neutrality – defined as a balance between the emissions we generate, and the emissions saved during the use of our products. This means that if we are to increase production to meet increased demand, we need to put in place compensatory measures to reach carbon neutrality. To make sure we actively drive decisions that keep us on track for carbon neutrality, we factor in climate impacts into all strategic decisions for new investments or developments.
Since the launch of our 2020-strategy in 2013, we have made several decisions to drive the company in the right direction:
- We have built a pilot plant in Karmøy, Norway, with the world’s most energy-efficient aluminum smelter technology
- We have increased the production at our Norwegian plants at Husnes and Sunndal, which have taken our share of metal produced on clean hydropower to over 70%
- In 2014, we increased our own production of hydropower by 6%, bringing this up to 10 TWh annually
- A new automotive sheet line in Germany and the implementation of new casting technology in Norway enable us to meet the demands of the automotive industry
- Our new recycling line for cans at the Neuss plant in Germany has doubled the plant’s annual recycling capacity from 50,000 tonnes to more than 100,000 tonnes