Shaping a Sustainable World with Novelis

At Novelis, sustainability is core to our business – from how we operate within our company to how we partner with our stakeholders across the aluminum value chain. Together, we see tremendous opportunity in continuing to expand the use of lightweight, infinitely recyclable aluminum to meet today’s demanding performance standards while reducing energy use. We collaborate with our customers around the world to develop innovative solutions to lightweight vehicles, improve packaging to better protect beverages and construct buildings that are more energy efficient and beautiful to enjoy.

Novelis is the leading buyer and recycler of used beverage cans (UBCs) globally, recycling more than 65 billion UBCs each year. Aluminum beverage cans and bottles are the model of sustainable packaging and, with an average “can-to-can” lifecycle of just a couple of months, a can that is recycled today can be back on store shelves in just sixty days.

In addition to serving the beverage can industry, Novelis is a lead supplier to many of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world. Together, we created the first, and largest, closed-loop recycling systems, which allow us to take back as much of our customers’ aluminum scrap as possible, turning it back into the same product again. Closing the loop preserves the value of the alloy, reduces recycling and transportation costs, minimizes environmental impact and establishes a secure supply chain. Through collaboration with our customer, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), we created the first closed-loop system in Europe with a dedicated railway service to efficiently deliver material between Novelis and JLR’s manufacturing sites. Building on the success of this model, we worked with Ford Motor Company to create the world’s largest closed-loop recycling system in North America.

Across all of our value streams, Novelis has made significant progress toward increasing the use of recycled aluminum and minimizing the use of natural resources. Recycling aluminum produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and requires 95 percent less energy than primary aluminum production, enabling Novelis to achieve lower GHG emissions despite increasing global production capacity. Last year, Novelis achieved an average of 57 percent recycled aluminum inputs, an increase of 25 percentage points from the baseline averages of fiscal years 2007-2009. Novelis also reduced its GHG emissions by 25 percent for the same baseline years, achieved a 28 percent reduction in water intensity and a 24 percent reduction in energy intensity.

By leveraging and investing in our own sustainability efforts, we are able to preserve precious natural resources and help our customers meet their evolving sustainability goals.

To learn more about Novelis’ sustainability efforts, click here.

Jessica Sanderson

Jessica Sanderson is the Director of Sustainability at Novelis.

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