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Net Zero Lab Drives Decarbonization of Novelis Plant in Switzerland

March 15, 2023
Novelis Sierre, Valais

One year after launch, fossil energy sources are being replaced with renewable electricity; heat recovering energy ecosystem is underway, and a modelling systemic study ongoing.

Novelis  and its partners at the research and development laboratory Net Zero Lab Valais, successfully completed the first year of operations, launching key energy projects aimed at enabling scope 1 and 2 carbon neutral production at Novelis´ Sierre plant in Switzerland.  

In the first year of the plant’s decarbonization journey with the Net Zero Lab Valais, Novelis has approved an investment in a new electrical pusher furnace, which will allow us to pre-heat sheet ingots with renewable electricity instead of natural gas, saving around 4,500t CO2eq per year and up to 180,000 CO2eq over the furnace’s lifetime. 

In addition, the lab partners completed a project to transfer waste heat from the casting process at our Novelis plant to the Technopôle – a nearby building complex. The energy supply, corresponding to a power of around 200 kilowatt-hours, covers about one-third of the Swiss Digital Center’s total energy demand. Together with OIKEN, a local energy provider and lab partner, Novelis intends to further expand this energy ecosystem with the goal to supply a substantial part of the Sierre region´s energy demand before 2030. 

“This lighthouse project brings to life our holistic decarbonization approach toward a net zero production. Additionally, it makes us very proud to see that beyond this important mission, we are also adding value to our surrounding communities and further expanding our position as a sustainability frontrunner and attractive employer.”

Modelling an optimized system for the plant´s energy sourcing, conversion, and reuse is the goal of an ongoing systemic study that began with the launch of Net Zero Lab Valais in 2022. The focus is to replace fossil-based energy sources with carbon neutral ones rather than offsetting carbon emissions through credits. First models and results will be released in May this year. 

“Three decarbonization projects by the Net Zero Lab Valais were rewarded with funds by the Swiss government, which allowed us to expand the size of the team. It's amazing to see the extraordinary results of this interdisciplinary, talented team and to know that this is just the beginning of our journey.”

The ultimate goal of research and projects coming out of the Net Zero Lab Valais is to find ways Novelis can reach carbon neutrality for scope 1 and 2 emissions at our Sierre plant by 2030, and then extend them to our other plants around the world. The multitude of decarbonization projects underlines our ambitious sustainability goals. We have set targets to reduce our carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2026, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. Beyond our focus on energy efficiency initiatives and recycling, Novelis will continue to seek opportunities to decarbonize its operations by converting to renewable energy sources. 

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