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    EGA Starts Up 26 New Cells In Its Al Taweelah Expansion

    Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) started up the first section of an expansion project in potline 1 at its Al Taweelah aluminum smelter. “This project to expand our production at Al Taweelah is part of our ongoing debottlenecking of production and investment in high return growth opportunities,” said Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of EGA. […]

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    Rusal Produces Low Carbon Aluminum Using Inert Anode Technology

    UC Rusal, a metals segment of En+ Group, successfully produced low carbon aluminum using its proprietary inert anode technology. According to the company, it has achieved the world’s lowest carbon aluminum footprint — less than 0.01 tonnes of CO2eq per tonne of aluminum (based on GHG Protocol’s Scope 1 and 2 guidance for direct and […]

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    The Sustainable Road Ahead: International Aluminum Organizations Present Environmental Goals

    Aluminum is vital to the society in which we live. Our homes, workplaces, vehicles, digital devices, packaging, and buildings that provide shelter and security – to name just a few examples – rely heavily on aluminum. Furthermore, the lightweight metal is integral to global emissions reduction efforts, with solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles […]

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    Aluminum Companies Implement Blockchain Technologies to Trace Sustainability

    Over the past several years, people around the world have showed an increased focus on and demand for more sustainable products. The aluminum industry has responded to this need by developing new technologies to improve the environmental performance of its operations, as well as introducing standards to measure the effect of these developments. Many primary […]

  • Figure 2. Demolition and removal of SPL from an aluminum cell cathode.

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    The SPL Waste Management Challenge in Primary Aluminum

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. Spent potlining (SPL) disposal is one of the largest environmental waste management challenges confronting worldwide primary aluminum smelters due to its toxicity. The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) asserts that 1.6 million tons of SPL were generated from primary aluminum production in 2019,1 making it the second largest waste volume produced […]

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    IAI Releases 2020 Total Global Primary Aluminum and Alumina Production Data

    The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has released its annual global statistics for both primary aluminum and alumina production, covering the year 2020. The latest dataset is available on the IAI website. Primary Aluminum Production The IAI data shows that Covid-19 did not lead to a reduction in global aluminum production in 2020. Production in China […]

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    REMADE Institute Invests in Sustainability and Recycling Research

    The Reducing EMbodied-Energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute based in Rochester, New York, is investing $43 million in new technology research focused on improving the sustainability of manufacturing operations. Working with industry innovators and academic researchers, the institute selected a total of 24 projects as part of its latest round of funding, including several projects […]

  • The Tailings Dry Backfill method replaces the need for raising and building new dams used in traditional methods, improving safety and environmental performance.

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    Hydro Pioneers Sustainable Solution for Red Mud Disposal

    Hydro has developed and implemented a new method for the final disposal of bauxite residue (also known as red mud), which the company has been testing at its Mineração Paragominas bauxite mine in the northern state of Pará, Brazil. This pioneering technology, called Tailings Dry Backfill, replaces the need for raising and building new dams […]