Qatalum Participates in the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) event on Green House Gases (GHG)

Qatalum recently participated in the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) event held in London. A delegation from Qatalum attended the three-day event held from 21 to 23 January 2020.

IAI membership represents over 60% of global bauxite, alumina and aluminium production (refer to for more details). The Institute promotes a wider understanding of aluminium industries and demonstrates both its responsibility in producing the metal and the potential benefits to be realised through their use in sustainable applications and through recycling.

The London event saw the attendance of several smelters and aluminium institutions like EGA, Ma’aden, Gulf Aluminium Council, Rusal, Alcoa, Mitsui, Hydro, Alba, Hindalco, Rio Tinto, Canadian Aluminium Association, South32, Novelis, Nippon Light Metal and the Aluminum Association besides Qatalum.

Qatalum was represented by Tom Petter Johansen, Al-Maha Al-Majid and Ben-Aissa Benkahla.

The main targets of this event were to work on the long-term potential pathways for GHG (Green House Gases) emissions reduction but also to discuss the growing concepts of “Green aluminium” as well as ASI (Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) certification requirements.

The focus of this event was to identify the contribution of the aluminium industry in the 2050 climate change scenario (2 degrees increase limitation scenario) in the same way other industries (chemical, aviation, steel, cement…) are by identifying future available processes and approaches which will allow our industry to improve.

Each participant was linked to a specific working group according their professional profile, and the IAI shared a lot of industry data to allow optimisation of the quality of forecasts.

Finally, a detailed report was produced. This report contains potential solutions to put in place (when possible) over the long term to improve GHG identified by the three work groups:
- Energy - Supply, Consumption and Offsets
- Production Processes
- Resource Efficiency.

The Energy - Supply, consumption and offsets group touched upon possible technologies including Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Nuclear (fission), Intermittent renewables without storage, Intermittent renewables with storage, Improved Energy Efficiency and also discussed potential offsets.

The Production Processes group discussed refining, digestion, calcination, smelting, energy efficiency processes as well as better controls enabled by Industry 4.0, among others.

The Resource Efficiency group focused on in use benefits (avoided emissions), demand growth and recycling, examining opportunities and losses as well as addressing potential technologies, design, investments and carbon pricing.[PD1]
Based on the above, initial assessments will be submitted to the Board in May 2020.

Qatalum, as a world-class smelter, with a high sustainability record and as an environmentally-conscious organisation, was proud to participate in the event and contribute to the solutions and outcomes discussed and to be implemented in the future.