Ball Corporation and En+ Group’s metals segment have partnered to produce aerosols and other containers made from the ‘world’s lowest-carbon aluminium’.
The ultra-low inert anode carbon aluminium is one of several levers that Ball uses to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of its aluminium slugs, cans and bottles.
En+ is a mover in this ‘ground-breaking’ inert anode technology. The firm’s metals segment, RUSAL, recently announced that it has successfully produced aluminium with the industry’s lowest carbon footprint: less than 0.01 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of metal (Scope 1, Scope 2 – direct and indirect energy emissions). The aluminium purity is higher than 99%.
“Aluminium is the perfect material for a circular economy because of its high value, and the fact that it can be recycled endlessly without loss of quality,” said Jason Galley, senior director for sustainability, innovation, and business development at Ball.
“Few people realise that 75% of all the aluminium ever produced in the history of mankind is still in use today. With increasing demand for aluminium packaging around the world, we need to focus on mitigating any environmental, social and governance impacts related to that supply. This is why we collaborate closely with suppliers such as En+’s metals segment to achieve responsible sourcing.”
Steve Hodgson, director of sales and marketing of En+’s metal segment, commented: “Our partnership with Ball Corporation represents the future possibility of sustainable aluminium products that go beyond our current low carbon capabilities by eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions during production.
“We are particularly excited to compliment Ball’s own sustainability platform and help meet the demands of future generations.”
Ball and En+’s metal segment are both members of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, a multi-stakeholder programme dedicated to enhancing sustainability in the global aluminium sector by promoting responsible planning, production and resource management.