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  • Rusal Bratsk smelter DGCS

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    Rusal Pledges to Install Modern Gas Cleaning Systems

    UC Rusal plans to install over 20 state-of-the-art dry gas cleaning systems (DGCS) at its smelters by 2025. These advanced systems were developed by the company’s design and scientific divisions and the new equipment will allow the company to capture over 99.5% of hydrogen fluoride and solid fluorides. “This project is truly unique thanks to […]

  • Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister Responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Gervais Jacques, managing director Atlantic Operations, Rio Tinto Aluminium, Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS, Jean-François Cyr, President, Alcoa Canada, and Vice President, Operations – Americas, Alcoa Aluminium, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Josée Néron, mayor of Saguenay.

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    Elysis Starts Construction on Its Smelting Technology Research and Development Center

    Elysis, the joint venture between Rio Tinto and Alcoa, marked the start of construction on its Research and Development Center in Saguenay, Canada, where the company will develop and commercialize its inert-anode smelting technology — which is said to be able to eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the aluminum smelting process. Representatives […]

  • Trimet converted 120 electrolysis furnaces in its Essen aluminium smelter to trial operation as a virtual battery.

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    Trimet Starts Trial Operation of its “Virtual Battery”

    Trimet Aluminium SE began trial operation of its “virtual battery,” a technology aimed at making the energy intensive smelting process more flexible. The aluminum electrolysis process has traditionally required a constant supply of energy to remain stable, but this new approach allows for variations in energy input and more control over the smelting process. “We […]

  • EGA Al Taweelah smelter

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    EGA’s Al Taweelah Smelter Certified to ASI Sustainability Standard — First in the Middle East

    Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) achieved the internationally recognized ASI Performance Standard at its Al Taweelah smelter in the United Arab Emirates, demonstrating its commitment to environmental, social and governance performance. EGA is the first company in the Middle East to achieve a certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard. “People around the world are rightly concerned […]

  • European Aluminium - Connecting the Sustainability Roadmap 2025 and the SDGs

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    European Aluminium Releases Report on UN Sustainable Development Goals

    European Aluminium published a new report, Connecting the Sustainability Roadmap 2025 and the SDGs. The European aluminum industry together with key stakeholders presented its Sustainability Roadmap Towards 2025 in 2015. The scope of the roadmap is broad, encompassing alumina and primary production through to semi-fabrication, end-use products, and recycling. It’s an ambitious program with (both concrete and voluntary) targets […]

  • Hydro Extruded Solutions Hoogezand B.V. in the Netherlands has become the first aluminium extrusion company to be certified against ASI’s Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance.  which produces aluminium profiles as well as anodised and painted components, Aluminium extrusions are used in a wide range of sectors, including electronics, automotive, mass transit, bridge decking, telecommunications, renewable energy industries and more. With the ambition to offer fully certified Hydro aluminium to the market in 2019, Hydro Hoogezand is now the world’s first extrusion plant to obtain the Performance Standard certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). ASI is the highest internationally recognized standard for robust environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling. Hydro is currently in the process of certifying a total of 15 plants, with the ambition to offer fully ASI certified aluminium in 2019.  “We always strive to be frontrunners in our industry," said Svein Richard Brandtzæg,  As our customers need to reach their own sustainability targets and meet the demand from more climate-conscious end-consumers, we believe the market will increasingly demand the most responsible aluminium,” says Hydro’s President and CEO, . “Seen in combination with our carbon footprint being amongst the lowest of any aluminium company in the world, the ASI certification process further strengthens our dedication to sustainability and responsibility, all the way from bauxite extraction to production of advanced aluminium products and solutions,” says Brandtzæg. In 2017, Hydro launched two of the most sustainable aluminium alloys currently available on the market, the certified low-carbon products 4.0 and 75R. Hydro 4.0 guarantees a maximum carbon footprint of 4.0 CO2 per kg aluminium during its entire life cycle, while Hydro 75R contains a traceable percentage of minimum 75% post-consumer recycled content. Hydro also recently announced an investment to increase production of Hydro 75R at its plant in Azuqueca, Spain, as well as expanding remelt operations at its Slovalco aluminium plant in Slovakia for it to serve as a remelter for conversion scrap from extrusion plants in Central Europe. Hydro Extruded Solutions Hoogezand B.V. (Netherlands), which produces aluminium profiles as well as anodised and painted components, has become the first aluminium extrusion company to be certified against ASI’s Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance.  Aluminium extrusions are used in a wide range of sectors, including electronics, automotive, mass transit, bridge decking, telecommunications, renewable energy industries and more.  Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced the first aluminium extrusion plant to be successfully certified against its standards for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium, and the issuing of the 10th ASI Certificate. Located in the Netherlands, Hydro Extruded Solutions Hoogezand B.V. has 155 employees and its products/operations include extruded profiles, powder coating, anodised profiles, isolation and wrap line for special packaging, mechanical treatment and manufacturing of dies. The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain.  The independent, third-party audit of Hydro Extruded Solutions Hoogezand B.V. was carried out by GUTcert (AFNOR Group).   Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “ASI is delighted to congratulate Hydro Extruded Solutions on their successful ASI Certification of the Hoogezand operations.  Aluminium extrusions are one of the metal’s most versatile applications, finding use in an incredible variety of bespoke applications in both consumer and industrial markets.  This first ASI Certification for an extrusion company is thus an important milestone, and builds on the Hoogezand team’s strong customer relationships and commitment to responsible production.”  “We always strive to be frontrunners in our industry. As our customers need to reach their own sustainability targets and meet the demand from more climate-conscious end-consumers, we believe the market will increasingly demand the most responsible aluminium. Seen in combination with our carbon footprint being amongst the lowest of any aluminium company in the world, the ASI certification process further strengthens our dedication to sustainability and responsibility, all the way from bauxite extraction to production of advanced aluminium products and solutions,” said Hydro’s President and CEO, Svein Richard Brandtzæg.  https://aluminium-stewardship.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ASI-Summary-Audit-Report-Hydro-Hoogezand-Netherlands-10.pdf

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    Hydro First Extruder to Achieve ASI Certification

    Hydro Extruded Solutions Hoogezand B.V. in the Netherlands has become the first aluminum extrusion company to be certified against Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI’s) Performance Standard for environmental, social, and governance performance. The facility has 155 employees and produces aluminum profiles as well as anodized and painted components for a wide range of sectors, including electronics, automotive, […]

  • Rio Tinto - Tolga Egrilmezer

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    Aiming for Leadership in Responsible Aluminum Production: Interview with Tolga Egrilmezer, Rio Tinto

    Tolga Egrilmezer is vice president Sales & Marketing at Rio Tinto and a member of the company’s Aluminium Executive Committee and Commercial Senior Leadership Team. He leads the global sales, marketing, technical, and product development teams to meet the needs of customers for Rio Tinto’s bauxite, alumina, aluminum, and value-added products. He is also a […]

  • Elysis

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    Alcoa and Rio Tinto Form Joint Venture to Develop Emissions-Free Aluminum Production Process

    Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto introduced a revolutionary process that could dramatically improve the carbon footprint of the primary aluminum process. The patent-protected technology, developed by Alcoa, is designed to eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional aluminum smelting process. “This discovery has been a long-sought goal for the aluminum industry, and this announcement […]