Aluminium in energy-efficient buildings and Hydro’s Powerhouse project were on the agenda when world leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro this week to discuss how social and economic development and the environment.
During the “Rio+20 Business day,” Johnny Undeli, head of Hydro’s Bauxite & Alumina business in Brazil, was invited to present aluminium solutions for buildings as an example of how the mining and metals industry to contribute to sustainable development in a low-carbon economy.
“It’s very inspiring to participate in such an important arena, and show how Hydro and aluminium can be part of the solution to our generation’s greatest challenge – the climate challenge,” Undeli said during his presentation.
“We know that buildings represent 40 percent of the world’s energy consumption – nearly twice as much as ships, cars, trains and planes together – it’s obvious that there is a great potential to save energy in buildings. It is important that the industry and the authorities work together on technological solutions that contribute to sustainable growth. Our work on energy-efficient buildings is a good example.”
The Powerhouse concept is a unique partnership of Norwegian companies to create energy-positive buildings that use smart façades in aluminium, renewable energy and other energy-saving techniques. An initial project is under development in Trondheim, Norway. When realized, it will be the northernmost energy-positive building in the world.
Undeli’s presentation at Rio+20 Business was part of Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012, which is a United Nations coordination body for business and industry at Rio+20.
Important participants in the group include the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Council for Mining and Metals. Hydro is a member of both organizations, which are well represented at Rio+20.
The Rio+20 gathering aims to create renewed engagement in sustainable development in a way that meets the needs of today’s population without reducing the opportunities for future generations. The key question addressed there is how to build a “green” economy that is sustainable while lifting millions out of poverty and how international cooperation can be better coordinated.