Hydro has joined HILT CRC as a Core Partner, highlighting Hydro’s commitment to further advancing research in the decarbonisation of alumina refining.

HILT CRC is an Australian based collaborative venture linking industry, research, and government organisations to develop and de-risk technologies that will create a low-carbon heavy industry sector and achieve Net Zero by 2050. Established in June 2021, HILT CRC was awarded Commonwealth funds over 10 years with investments over approx. AUD $200M (cash and in kind).

Hydro, a leading aluminium and energy company with a global presence in the aluminium value chain from energy to bauxite mining and alumina refining, primary aluminium, aluminium extrusions and aluminium recycling, is strategically positioned to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the alumina refining process. Australia, being the world’s second-largest alumina refining country and the largest alumina exporter, makes this partnership significant in addressing the environmental impact of the industry.

By collaborating with HILT CRC, Hydro aims to help advance research and development efforts to reduce emissions associated with aluminium production, aligning with its broader commitment to a sustainable future and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The focus on decarbonising the production of steam for digestion and calcination in alumina refining is crucial, as these two processes account for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions from refineries.

HILT’s CEO Jenny Selway said, “Hydro’s ambition of offering zero-carbon aluminium, circular solutions and more renewable energy, and their technology roadmap to reach net zero emissions by 2050 shows strong alignment with HILT CRC’s mission and strategy. We welcome Hydro to HILT and look forward to collaborating on new technology developments and solutions to help the aluminium industry fully decarbonise.”

Raphael Costa, Director of Hydro’s Bauxite & Alumina Technology says that “Hydro takes another important step towards achieving decarbonisation targets by 2050. Innovation is at the heart of our sustainability strategy, and we believe that investing in research and new technologies is the best way to achieve the transition to zero-emission aluminium of CO2. For us, collaboration is a key element and, therefore, we are establishing yet another partnership with an important research institution, as we believe that science plays a fundamental role in the search for advanced technologies and sustainable initiatives.”

Hydro joins 52 other partners across industry, research and government organisations who, through HILT CRC, will perform collaborative research dedicated to developing and demonstrating low-carbon technologies that will help transition the steel, iron, alumina, and cement industries to decarbonise heavy industry and grow the economy.

About Hydro

Hydro is an industrial leader building businesses and partnerships for a more sustainable future. They develop industries that make a difference for people and society. Since 1905, Hydro has been transforming natural resources into products and businesses relevant to people, creating a safe and secure workplace for approximately 30,000 employees in more than 140 locations across 40 countries.

Today, they own and operate various businesses, while also investing in sustainable industries. Through its diverse portfolio, Hydro is present in a wide range of market segments, including aluminum, energy, metal recycling, renewable energy, and batteries, providing unique knowledge and expertise.

Hydro is committed to leading the industry in creating a more sustainable future, fostering more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways.

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