Time is running out to achieve global targets on reducing emissions to 1.5 degrees. The affects of climate change linked with rising costs and vulnerable supply chains, is already being felt across the UK but scientists say that climate-related disruptions are bound to intensify in coming years as the world warms.
Many view the Circular Economy principles of eliminating waste, increasing resource efficiency and working in harmony with nature as a way to reduce costs, while increasing residence and building customer loyalty.
Selected leaders from the UK aluminium industry, gathered at the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills in Wolverhampton yesterday, together with representatives from government departments and research organisations to prioritise interventions needed on the roadmap towards lower carbon aluminium, increased re-use of aluminium waste, and improved business operating models.
The event, organised by Innovate UK-KTN Circular Economy Innovation Network saw participation from the Department of Energy Security & Net Zero, Innovate UK, Department for Food & Rural Affairs, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council working alongside Alvance, Constellium, EMR Group, Ford UK, Glaxosmithkline Pharma, Hydro UK, Novelis, ALFED, ALUPRO, The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals (Brunel University) and other industry leaders to identify areas for collaboration and funding to accelerate the industry’s progress towards achieving its Net Zero commitments.
The outcomes from the day will form part of a Innovate UK-KTN Circular Economy Action Plan for Aluminium that will be published later this year.