Porsche & Norsk Hydro are working on sustainable aluminium
Porsche is cooperating with the Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro to significantly reduce the CO₂ footprint of aluminium in the automotive supply chain. By 2030, the aluminium supplied to Porsche and its suppliers should even be CO₂-free.
As early as 2025, the production of the aluminium used is to emit around 60 per cent less CO2 than the “primary aluminium currently consumed in Europe”. For this purpose, Porsche is using the so-called Hydro Reduxa 4.0 from the Norwegian aluminium manufacturer. According to the German carmaker, the aluminium primary material “has one of the lowest CO2 footprints on the market and is produced with renewable energy”.
“Porsche is working towards a net carbon-neutral value chain of our vehicles in 2030. Aluminium and materials for battery production play a key role in our sustainability strategy,” says Barbara Frenkel, Member of the Executive Board for Procurement at Porsche AG.
In addition, both companies have agreed to work on a concept for a value chain for battery materials and their recycling.
Hilde Merete Aasheim, President and CEO of Hydro, adds: “To reduce global warming, we need to decarbonize energy systems, produce for circularity and recycle resources already in use. Aluminium is a key enabler in the green transition, but supply chains must become emission free. The industry needs to partner up to make this happen and we are pleased to be able to work with a pioneer like Porsche in our common task to create a nearly carbon-free car.”
Mercedes-Benz had already entered into an aluminium cooperation with Hydro in December 2022. Together with steel, aluminium is proportionally the most widely used material in many vehicles. Since aluminium components are generally lighter, the material is becoming increasingly important in electric cars, Mercedes CTO Markus Schäfer explained the partnership at the time.