Swedish rolled aluminium firm Gränges AB relayed the sustainability achievements it accomplished last year yesterday, including significantly reducing its total carbon emissions and an increase in adoption of renewable energy.
Gränges said on Thursday that 2020 saw the company cut total carbon emissions by 8 percent from 2019 levels and 18 percent from 2017 baseline levels, largely by increased use of recycled aluminium. The firm increased use of recycled aluminium to 22.5 percent of its total sourced metal inputs, and it increased the usage of renewable energy to 13 percent of its total consumption.
In the prior year Gränges earned a provisional ASI certification for its operation at Finspång plant and increased the share of third-party verified sustainability products by 19 percent. The firm implemented a life-cycle and carbon-assessment tool at Finspång, allowing it to offer information regarding the sustainability of its products. Gränges said it would soon offer its customers third-party verified product information on the carbon footprint of its aluminium as well.
Gränges’ CEO Johan Menckel elaborated upon the achievements last year in a related press release.
“The progress on our sustainability priorities over the last years demonstrates the strength of our structured way of working when integrating sustainability aspects across our operations and value chain. I’m very satisfied that we have intensified the development of a broader and more sustainable offering, as our customers are increasingly recognizing the importance of using sustainable materials. Having verified sustainability information available on a product level enables customers to evaluate the climate impact along their value chain and increase their sustainability performance based on a fact-based approach. We continuously develop sustainable offerings that create tangible business and sustainability benefits and value for our customers.”
Begun in 1873 in Stockholm, Sweden as Trafik AB Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Gränges AB was resurrected in 2013 as a private company specializing in rolled aluminium heat exchangers. It employs almost 1,800 employees at the present time at two plants – one in Finspång, Sweden, that opened in its present configuration in 1972, and a second in Shanghai, China, opened in 1996. The firm boasts a total nameplate capacity of 420 thousand metric tons per annum and an annual sales total of SEK13 billion (US$1.35 billion).