Hydro to Increase Recycling for Aluminium Production in Norway
Hydro is exploring ways to recycle aluminium directly within the primary production process at its Norwegian smelters, which would further reduce its
Hydro is exploring ways to recycle aluminium directly within the primary production process at its Norwegian smelters, which would further reduce its industry-leading climate footprint from primary aluminium and increase production through the use of post-consumer scrap. Hydro’s plant in Høyanger will be the pilot in the project, aiming to recycle aluminium directly within the primary production. Since Hydro’s aluminium production in Norway is entirely based on renewable power, its average CO2 emissions are already only 25 percent of the global average and available to customers as Hydro REDUXA certified low-carbon primary aluminium. The introduction of post-consumer scrap in the production process of primary aluminium would improve its climate performance even further.
Hydro CIRCAL is a range of products made with recycled post-consumer scrap. Through using recycled content, we reduce energy use drastically while still being able to offer high quality products. The percentage of scrap will change depending on specifications from the client, but we can always guarantee a CO2 footprint below 2.3 kg CO2 per 1 kg aluminum produced.
Hydro REDUXA is series of certified, low carbon aluminum. It’s made with renewable energy, which results in a maximum carbon footprint of 4.0 kg CO2 per kg aluminum – one-third of the global average. The result is among the world’s lowest carbon aluminum to date.
Hydro produces primary aluminium based on renewable power at five plants in Norway, representing an annual capacity of around 1.2 million tonnes of value-added products of Hydro’s total primary production globally of just above 2 million tonnes per year. From Hydro’s network of recyclers, Hydro already produces Hydro CIRCAL with a guaranteed content of at least 75 percent recycled, post-consumer aluminium scrap.