Sustainability weekly recap: Vedanta Aluminium aims to increase the share of renewable energy to 30% by 2030

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Terms like renewable, eco-friendly, green energy, sustainable, emission reduction, have become the talk of the hour. Almost every company are looking for ways to shift towards sustainable practises. Traditionally, aluminium manufacturing has been energy-intensive, but a renewed emphasis on sustainability has propelled the adoption of inventive methods. These include a shift towards renewable energy sources, heightened attention to recycling endeavours, and the advocacy for ethically sourced raw materials.

Sustainability weekly recap: Vedanta Aluminium aims to increase the share of renewable energy to 30% by 2030


The aluminium industry is undergoing a significant transformation, with a strong emphasis on sustainability, where recycling plays a vital role, making it a top priority for producers and consumers. The industry's focus has shifted towards implementing eco-friendly practices and embracing circular economy principles. This strategic shift reflects a commitment to reducing environmental impact, conserving resources, and promoting the responsible use and disposal of aluminium products.

This week, the sustainability sector of the global aluminium industry witnessed many significant incidents. For example, Vedanta Limited's CEO, John Slaven, announced that the company would cease expanding coal-fired capacity for energy-intensive metal production, opting instead for a transition towards renewable energy sources. In a strategic manoeuvre showcasing its dedication to sustainable energy, the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company has revealed a substantial cornerstone investment in PAG's Asia Pacific renewable energy platform. This represents Mubadala's first foray into Japan's rapidly growing clean energy market. Here are some of the most important sustainability news from the aluminium sector:

Vedanta Aluminium turns back on coal-fired capacity, embracing renewable energy for metal production

Vedanta Limited's CEO, John Slaven, announced a strategic shift in their aluminium business away from coal-fired capacity towards renewable energy. In an interview with Reuters, Slaven stated the goal of increasing renewable energy share to 30% by 2030, up from the current 5%. The company, which presently holds 4.8 gigawatts of coal-based power generation capacity, aims to align its operations with sustainable energy practices.

Mubadala ventures into Japan’s green energy market

Mubadala Investment Company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has made a notable strategic move by investing significantly in PAG's Asia Pacific renewable energy platform, signalling its strong commitment to sustainable energy. This marks Mubadala's entry into Japan's rapidly growing clean energy sector. Although the exact financial terms of the investment have not been disclosed, this partnership underscores Mubadala's steadfast dedication to expanding its presence in global renewable energy markets and facilitating the transition towards a more sustainable future.

Global metals supply chains under geopolitical strain, China crucial in green tech

In a recent report, Bank of America emphasised how geopolitical factors significantly influence global metals supply chains. China's central position in green technology industries, particularly in electric vehicles (EVs), batteries, and solar panels, was a key focus. The report pointed out China's extensive dominance in these sectors, presenting a notable competitive challenge for companies operating beyond its borders.

En+ Group strengthens leadership with Vladimir Kolmogorov

En+ Group, a major player in low-carbon aluminium production and renewable energy, has undergone a significant leadership shift. CEO Mikhail Khardikov has stepped down, with Vladimir Kolmogorov, a seasoned executive in the energy sector, taking the helm. This change signals a strategic maneuver to enhance the company's expansion efforts and reaffirm its dedication to sustainability.

Chinalco announces its ambitious Dual Carbon and Digital Intelligence Action Plans at the Fuzhou Conference

On May 10, Chinalco's high-end dual carbon and digital intelligence action plan conference was held in Fuzhou. During the meeting, Chinalco unveiled its high-end "Digital Intelligence Action Plan (2024-2026)" and "Dual Carbon Action Plan." Chinalco Ruimin, recognised for its exemplary transformation in dual carbon and digital intelligence, shared successful practice cases.

Qatalum secures ASI v3 recertification

Qatalum, a joint venture aluminium smelter between Qatar Petroleum and Norsk Hydro, has been successfully recertified to the latest version (v3) of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Standard. ASI, a globally recognized non-profit organization, plays a pivotal role in setting standards and providing certification for the aluminium industry. The Performance Standard, which Qatalum has held since April 2022, is a testament to the company's adherence to internationally recognized ESG principles and criteria that address various sustainability issues.

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