Russian aluminium behemoth UC Rusal and DELO Group’s PJSC TransContainer announced an agreement to cooperate on a new low-carbon logistics project aimed at more sustainable methods for transporting aluminium and other raw materials.
Rusal indicated that the most important aspect of the new agreement is its commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions throughout aluminium’s entire life cycle by mid century. Further, Rusal says it will continue to advocate for sustainable transportation technology and logistics solutions.
As for TransContainer, it has pledged to create a method for estimating greenhouse gas emission from transportation that has a component for independent verification and auditing. The firm has also pledged to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade.
General Director of Rusal Evgenii Nikitin said in a press release that the agreement is a vital component to its push for net-zero carbon emissions.
“RUSAL fully recognises the global significance of the climate change problem. Since 2007, we have been consistently reducing the carbon footprint of our products. Thus, the level of direct specific and indirect energy emissions of greenhouse gases during the production of our ALLOW brand aluminium is five times lower than the industry average. At the same time, during the process of primary aluminium production, transportation accounts for about 3% of all greenhouse gas emissions, or about 500 kg of CO2 equivalent per ton of aluminium. This agreement is a significant step towards achieving the net zero target by 2050 and an important development for the Russian aluminium industry.”
“Delo Group and our sub-holdings have always been extremely attentive to the global challenges facing both – the logistics industry and the specific interests and goals of our clients,” said Igor Yakovenko, CEO of DELO. “With this project, we are following two directions at once: we are not only reducing the carbon footprint of the logistics industry, but we are helping each of our customers to reduce their total volume of carbon emissions generated while delivering raw materials, equipment or the end product.”