In an interview with the news outlet, Hydro’s Extruded Solutions head Egil Hogna said the increase in usage of its low-carbon aluminium is expected to rise despite an overall plateau in global aluminium use. For property developers in Europe and North America, the drive to lower their carbon footprint has brought them to Hydro and its Circal aluminium, which consists of at least 75 percent post-consumer scrap and produces 13 percent of the global CO2 average for aluminium smelting.
Norwegian aluminium smelter Norsk Hydro ASA forecasts a doubling in the sales of its low-carbon aluminium over the course of the coming year, with even greater gains beyond that. Such was the message delivered by a company executive who spoke with Reuters last week.
Overall, Hydro uses about 80 thousand metric tons of aluminium per year in the production of façades and windows. Last year 10 thousand metric tons of Circal were used in such extrusions, which Hogna says will double during the current year.
While Circal costs between 10 and 20 percent more than standard aluminium, Hogna says that the addition of other materials and labor makes the increase only 2 to 3 percent above the usual asking price.