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Novelis reaches recycling goals ahead of target

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Aluminium company Novelis has achieved two of its sustainability goals, including metal recycling, ahead of target in its yearly report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report showed that the use of recycled metal content input rose to 55%, up from 53%, and its water usage was reduced to 2.7cu m per tonne, both meeting a 2020 target early.

These were the result of increased operational efficiencies and technical innovation throughout the company’s 24 facilities around the world, according to the report.

However, waste to landfill and energy intensity rates both increased during the past year and are key areas of focus for 2018.

The company achieved a record low in safety incidents as 11 of its facilities saw no recordable injuries. It hopes to reach a goal of zero injuries through process improvements and new safety measures.

Steve Fisher, Novelis president and chief executive, said: ”From operations within our company to how we partner with our stakeholders, safety and sustainability continue to be core to our business.

“We have made great gains in this fiscal year and are ahead of target in some areas. Additionally, we remain resolute in our commitment to leverage our technical expertise and innovative capabilities to solve challenges at our facilities and promote sustainability throughout the manufacturing industry.”

Greenhouse gas emissions were also reduced by more than 21% from the baseline of 19 million tonnes of CO2 in the past year.

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