Alcoa has entered into a supply agreement to provide low-carbon Ecolum aluminium to rolling and recycling company Speira in Grevenbroich, Germany.
The Ecolum brand is part of Alcoa’s Sustana family of low-carbon products. “In 2022, we expect to see year-over-year sales of both Ecolum and EcoDura increase more than three-fold,” Kelly Thomas, Alcoa’s head of Commercial, said. “From mine to metal, our integrated approach to sustainability across the value chain provides an inherent advantage for Alcoa and our customers.”
3.5 times better than the industry average
Ecolum is produced at hydroelectric-powered aluminium smelters and has no more than 4.0 t of CO2e emissions for every tonne of metal produced, including both direct and indirect emissions (scope 1&2) across the entire production chain, including bauxite mining and alumina refining. This carbon footprint is around three and a half times better than the global average and is a key enabler to allow downstream manufacturers to reduce their emissions profile.
Speira is a leading producer and recycler of advanced rolled aluminum products, serving the automotive, packaging, printing, engineering, and building and construction industries. It operates seven manufacturing facilities in Germany and Norway.
Primary aluminum with a low-carbon footprint
“In Speira, we share the passion of reducing the carbon footprint of our products and driving the decarbonization of our business,” said Reinhild Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations at Speira. “The partnership with Alcoa and the decision to purchase Ecolum is a natural and important step on this path.”
Both Alcoa and Speira are members of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative, a robust system that validates responsible production practices.
More than 80 percent of Alcoa’s smelting operations are powered by renewable energy, and its alumina refining system has the world’s lowest average CO2 intensity. In addition, the company has a technology roadmap that has the potential to further decarbonize its operations and support its net zero 2050 ambition.