Use of recycled aluminum avoids 95% of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production. Recycling is a core part of Novelis’ business. We also work to increase post-consumer recycling.
Our goal is to optimize our use of recycled inputs across our products. This reduces the embedded carbon in our products, provides supply chain security and helps our customers achieve their sustainability goals. In FY16, Novelis used an average of 53% recycled inputs – up from a baseline of 30% (an average of FY07–09 performance).
Global Leader in Aluminum Recycling
Novelis has created the world’s largest aluminum recycling network. We recycle 60 billion used beverage cans annually and also process a wide variety of other aluminum scrap. In addition, whenever possible, we buy back the aluminum scrap our customers generate during production.
The World’s Largest Recycling Facility
Novelis operates the world’s largest and most technologically advanced aluminum recycling center in Nachterstedt, Germany. Opened in late 2014, the state-of-the-art facility is expected to process more than 400,000 metric tons of aluminum scrap annually. Currently the facility enables Novelis to process a wide range of scrap within Europe, creating a more efficient closed-loop recycling system with the ability to consume the scrap where it is generated. Once recycled, the finished aluminum re-enters the marketplace, serving customers primarily in the automotive and can markets.
The facility will
recycle up to 400,000 metric tons
of aluminum scrap per year.
This equals the weight of nearly
European household refrigerators.
3.7 million metric tons
of CO2 emissions. And diverts waste from landfill – instead creating new products from old materials.
That’s like taking nearly
new cars off the road for a year. Or planting 96 million tree seedlings today and letting them grow for a decade.
- Based on U.S. EPA Greenhouse Equivalencies Calculator estimates.
Consumers are not only end users of aluminum products, they are also critical in “closing the loop” by recycling. That’s why we support efforts aimed at strengthening recycling infrastructure, making aluminum recycling more convenient and educating consumers about its importance.
Novelis partnered with Discovery Education – a sister company of the Discovery Channel – to develop resources to educate about the value and importance of recycling. The all-digital materials, available at www.lifeofacan.com, include a video, lesson plans, at-home activity suggestions and an online tool through which students, teachers, parents and others can learn about the life cycle of a can.