Further to EN+’s commitment to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050, Evgenii Nikitin, Chief Executive of UC RUSAL has made the following comment:
“Doing responsible business is at the core of RUSAL’s operations particularly regarding high environmental standards. We have already made great progress in our drive towards a more sustainable future but today’s update is nothing like we have seen before in the industry. Through the use of our low carbon aluminium ALLOW which has a production carbon footprint five times lower than the industry’s average, this is proving transformational for the industry. In addition, our wide range of tools from energy efficiency improvements to innovations such as inert anode assists us in our pledge to achieve the net-zero goal. As market appetite for aluminium is anticipated to grow by more than 50% by 2050, the industry is looking at pathways to reduce its footprint and we are leading the charge in this process. Today, we call for action as we shape the agenda for net-zero aluminium.”
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the main strategic goals of RUSAL. From 2014 to 2019, the Company's aluminium smelters reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11% and alumina down by 2.6%.
To achieve this, the Company is modernising its processes, introducing the best available technologies and developing new ones.
RUSAL has become the only aluminium company in the world that has successfully introduced a revolutionary technology into pilot production - an inert anode cell. The inert anode, in contrast to the carbon anodes commonly used now in aluminium production, does not burn out during the electrolysis of aluminium, meaning that oxygen is generated during the metal production process. One inert anode cell can produce as much oxygen as 70 hectares of forest.
In addition, the Company is increasing production of aluminium under the ALLOW brand, the carbon footprint of which is several times lower than the industry average. It is also creating a line of economical, lightweight, high-strength aluminium-scandium alloys to reduce the carbon footprint in the transport industry.
RUSAL is also improving its carbon footprint assessment, collaborating with partners to create universal methodologies to ensure transparency and comparability of assessments between different manufacturers. In 2015, the company joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, an international initiative that promotes responsible planning, production and resource management in the aluminium industry. In 2020, RUSAL was the first in the aluminium industry to receive an “A-” rating based on the annual assessment carried out by the international environmental disclosure organisation, The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
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