Aluminium giant Hydro is exploring ways to recycle aluminium directly within the primary production process to cut the climate footprint of its Norwegian smelters and increase the use of scrap.
The company is currently piloting the ‘innovative solution’ at its Høyanger plant. If successful, the new approach will be rolled out across the other Norwegian smelters ‘with an initial ambition of adding 10% to our total primary production in Norway through post-consumer scrap,’ says Ola Sæter, head of primary production, on the company’s website. ‘This would enable us to offer our most climate-conscious customers a new and improved alternative in their sustainability efforts.’
Hydro uses renewable power to produce 1.2 million tonnes of primary aluminium at five plants in Norway, which is 60% of Hydro’s global primary production of two million tonnes. From Hydro’s network of recyclers, Hydro already produces Hydro CIRCAL with a guaranteed content of 75% recycled aluminium scrap.
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