Currently, aluminium 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, aluminium is key to zero-energy buildings, solar applications and packaging that preserves food and requires less energy to transport.
Our climate strategy is based on the following principle: We intend to save as much or more in carbon emissions than we generate. If we are to increase production to meet increased demand, we need to put in place compensation measures to ensure 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 strategy in 2013, we have made several decisions in line with our climate strategy:
- We have built a pilot plant in Karmøy, Norway, with the world’s most energy-efficient aluminium 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