Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro ASA announced earlier this week that it is the sustainable aluminium supplier to Audi AG for the production of the battery housing for its first fully-electric vehicle.
Hydro now supplies ASI-certified aluminium for use in the Audi e-tron, which transitioned from a hybrid system to a fully-electric system with the 2019 model year. The aluminium provided to Audi for the task is sourced and produced in a responsible manner across the entire value chain, from bauxite extraction to the final product.
Audi’s use of certified aluminium is part of a push by the firm to cut its CO2 production. The company has established a target of emitting 30 percent less CO2 in 2025 from 2015’s baseline. However, Audi officials say the reduction is simply a prelude to even greater cuts.
“We want to offer our customers completely CO2-neutral mobility by 2050 at the latest. To do that, we need a sustainable supply chain,” explained Audi Board of Management Member for Procurement and IT Dr. Bernd Martens. “We therefore seek dialogue with our partners and, together with them, want to significantly reduce CO2 emissions along the entire value chain.”
Audi and Hydro began workshops on CO2 reduction last year to exchange expertise in sustainable strategies. Hydro is one of several aluminium suppliers to attend such workshops, but it is among the first to offer ASI-certified aluminium sheet.
“We are very proud to supply ASI-certified metal, especially for the Audi e-tron, one of Audi’s flagships,” opined Hydro Executive VP Einar Glomnes.
“We are constantly working on reducing our impact and that of our customers on the environment. This is an important milestone in our strategy of helping our customers to document the fact that they offer aluminium products that are procured and produced responsibly along the entire value chain.”
Norsk Hydro, which was founded in 1905, financed by the Swedish Wallenberg family and French banks, began its life named Norsk hydro-elektrisk Kvælstofaktieselskab (literally, “Norwegian hydro-electric nitrogen limited”) by Sam Eyde. The Norwegian government owns approximately 40% of the company at the present time. Norsk Hydro is one of the largest aluminium companies in the world, with plants in Rjukan, Raufoss, Vennesla, Karmøy, Høyanger, Årdal, Sunndalsøra, and Holmestrand. Norsk also has several plants abroad, including in Germany and Brazil.