Automaker Audi Hungaria Zrt. announced on Friday the implementation of a project to develop an aluminium closed loop that would begin next year.
The firm uses 38 thousand metric tons of aluminium per year in automobile production. Noting the energy-intensive nature of aluminium production, Audi Hungaria attempts to maximize energy efficiency by utilizing a recycling loop.
Audi Hungaria says the aluminium closed loop means returning waste aluminium generated in the production process to the supplier. Upon return to the supplier, the formerly-waste aluminium is formed back into coils and reintroduced into the automotive production cycle.
The firm says this closed-loop system is of great importance, as it continues to seek ways to decarbonize its plant. Audi Hungaria’s chairman of the board Alfons Dintner elaborated upon the point in a related press release.
“We are not only reducing factory CO2 emissions, but are also implementing measures that transcend the plant’s grounds to reduce our carbon footprint. These include reforestation in the surrounding area, optimized logistics processes and supporting our suppliers with sustainable solutions. Our motivation is the Volkswagen and Audi Group’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. Our common goal is to keep the global rise in temperature by 2050 to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The Aluminum Closed Loop plays an important role here. We are pleased to be implementing it at Audi Hungaria in the near future.”
Due to the aluminium closed-loop system and aluminium’s inherent ability to be infinitely recycled with no loss of quality, vehicles produced at Audi Hungaria’s plant enter the economy with a more favorable life cycle assessment. The firm notes such a process yields up to a 95-percent savings as compared to the production of primary aluminium from freshly-mined ore.