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  • Sustainability
Closed Loop Recycling and Circular Economy
Recycling aluminum helps Novelis and its customers drive toward zero waste to landfills. Requiring just five percent of the energy used to produce primary aluminum with only five percent of the associated greenhouse gases, recycling results in greater carbon reduction and a safer environment.
Sustainability is Core to Our Business

Together, we see tremendous opportunity in continuing to expand the use of lightweight, infinitely recyclable aluminum to meet today’s demanding performance standards while reducing energy use.

As the leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, we work alongside our customers to provide innovative solutions to the beverage can, automotive and high-end specialty markets. Operating an integrated network of technically advanced rolling and recycling facilities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Novelis leverages its global manufacturing and recycling footprint to deliver consistent, high-quality, sustainable products around the world.

Looking toward the future, we are intensely focused on the fundamentals that will drive our business forward and sustainability aligns directly with this focus.

Novelis is the largest producer of aluminum beverage can sheet and the world’s largest recycler of used beverage cans (UBCs), recycling more than 74 billion UBCs each year.


Novelis recycles more than 74 billion used beverage cans each year, turning them back into new beverage cans in roughly 60 days. And as a lead supplier to many of the largest automotive manufacturers, such as Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, we created the first–and largest – closed-loop recycling systems in the world. Closed-loop recycling allows us to take back as much of our customers’ aluminum scrap as possible, turning it back into the same product again. Closing the loop preserves the value of the alloy, reduces recycling and transportation costs, minimizes environmental impact and establishes a secure supply chain.

59% of Novelis inputs come from recycled materials

Novelis operates the world’s largest and most technologically advanced aluminum recycling center in Nachterstedt, Germany. The state-of-the-art facility processes up to 400,000 metric tons of aluminum scrap annually and enables Novelis to process a wide range of scrap within Europe, creating a more efficient closed-loop recycling system. Once recycled, the finished aluminum re-enters the marketplace, serving customers primarily in the automotive and can markets.

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Reduced energy intensity by 25%

Reduced non-dross intensity
by 40%

26% reduction in water intensity since baseline

Reduced absolute GHG emissions by 31% since baseline


Novelis has made significant progress toward increasing the use of recycled aluminum and minimizing the use of natural resources. Recycling aluminum produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and requires 95 percent less energy than primary aluminum production, enabling Novelis to achieve lower GHG emissions despite increasing global production capacity. During the past year, Novelis achieved an average of 59 percent recycled aluminum inputs, an increase of 29 percentage points from the baseline averages of fiscal years 2007-2009. Novelis also reduced its GHG emissions by 31 percent for the same baseline years, achieved a 26 percent reduction in water intensity and a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity.

We have a comprehensive Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management system, and all of our manufacturing sites are certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard, as well as internationally recognized health, safety and quality standards. Underpinning our approach is a focus on driving operational excellence in all we do, which includes maximizing the performance of our assets and using resources wisely.

People and Communities

Everything we do at Novelis begins with our commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our colleagues, customers and communities. We owe our status as a world-class manufacturer to our employees who continually anticipate and exceed the needs and expectations of all those we work with across the globe. At Novelis, each of us is driven to produce excellence.


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