Novelis Partnerships Lead to Net-Zero Aluminum Production

The Lab will be the result of an agreement between Novelis and the HES-SO Valais-Wallis, and will see collaborative efforts with EPFL’s Energypolis Campus — a Swiss research and innovation hub — and OIKEN.

“This partnership underscores that commitment, and we expect the research to enable greater innovation in advancing our efforts to create a sustainable world together,” Labat said.

Carbon neutrality is the goal of the partnership

“We work tirelessly to reduce all emissions at our sites, in our supply chain and in the energy we use,” said Emilio Braghi, Executive Vice President of Novelis Inc. and President of Novelis Europe.

The first step towards decarbonizing aluminum operations is where OIKEN comes in. Novelis, with the help of Net Zero Lab and OIKEN, will share energy from its Sierre plant with the surrounding region to reduce the carbon footprint of the site.

“The Net Zero Lab Valais is another lever to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and support our communities. We will develop innovative solutions which we can then implement on a larger scale at our various production sites around the world, while simultaneously continuing to work on increasing the recycled content in our products in order to provide the carbon footprint. lowest total for aluminum sheets. We are very proud to have at our side such strong and experienced partners as HES-SO Valais-Wallis, EPFL and OIKEN to promote carbon neutral production,” says Braghi.

Meanwhile, François Seppey, Director of HES-SO Valais-Wallis, spoke about the importance of partnership to achieve net zero emissions.

“Sustainable development is at the heart of the strategy of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis. The skills within our energy and environment research institute perfectly meet the challenges of this collaboration with Novelis,” says Seppey.

“Not only are the employees knowledgeable and passionate about sustainability, but the plant also includes all manufacturing stages of the aluminum production process and an R&D center, which will support meaningful research. This lab will be an ideal ecosystem to develop exceptional skills for early-career engineers and strengthen their contribution to the decarbonization of the whole industry in the near future.”

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