European Aluminium recently unveiled its groundbreaking report, “Net-Zero by 2050: Science-based Decarbonisation Pathways for the European Aluminium Industry,” during an event featuring Kerstin Jorna, Director-General at the European Commission’s DG Grow. This report presents a visionary framework for achieving net-zero emissions throughout the aluminium value chain.
The Role of Aluminium in a Decarbonised Economy
Aluminium is pivotal in the transition to a fully decarbonised economy, underpinning clean technologies like solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps, and electric vehicles. With the demand for aluminium in Europe projected to increase by 30% by 2040, understanding its role is more critical than ever.
Challenges Faced by the Aluminium Industry
Despite being a highly electrified sector, the European aluminium industry faces significant challenges, primarily due to its energy-intensive processes, contributing to around 24 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
European Aluminium’s Commitment to Net-Zero
Paul Voss, Director General of European Aluminium, emphasizes the industry’s commitment to aligning operations with environmental limits. Despite challenging market conditions, the industry is taking decisive steps towards a sustainable and competitive future.
Strategies for Achieving Net-Zero Emissions
The report details a comprehensive strategy for emission reduction, including transitioning to a low-carbon electricity grid, adopting new technologies like inert anodes in smelters, and enhancing recycling efforts.
Collaboration with Ramboll Management Consulting
In collaboration with Ramboll Management Consulting, European Aluminium has identified scalable technologies and policy actions crucial for the industry’s decarbonisation, according to Xavier Le Den, Market Director at Ramboll.
Policy Recommendations and Industry Collaboration
Achieving net-zero emissions requires robust EU policies and leadership. European Aluminium has identified four critical policy areas, including the development of renewable energy sources, financial incentives for technology deployment, enhancing aluminium recycling, and a bold industrial strategy.
The journey to net-zero is a collective effort, demanding collaboration between industry leaders and policymakers. As Paul Voss concludes, the aluminium industry is eager to be part of the solution, actively participating in the Clean Transition Dialogues and working towards responsibly meeting Europe’s green transition needs.