Jaguar Land Rover will recycle aluminumAugust 21, 2020
Using end-of-life vehicles in addition to other recycled sources will be part of Jaguar Land Rover’s campaign to reduce carbon emissions.
Jaguar Land Rover will aim to reduce carbon emissions from aluminum by 26% in the coming years by using materials from recycled sources. According to the group’s internal research, such reductions are possible through recycling. Cans, bottle caps and old cars that have reached the end of their useful life can be reused and mixed with much less aluminum used to form the primary alloy for new cars.
Sources of old aluminum are countless: Jaguar claims that 75% of the aluminum produced in the UK and the US is still in use, and that recycling the material requires 90% less energy than mining. Most of this used aluminum tends to be reused for low-grade materials, but JLR will use what it calls “advanced separation technology” that allows for higher quality material to be recovered.
This study is part of the Reality Aluminum Project, which is part of a larger target aimed at the future of Jaguar Land Rover’s zero-emission production. Recycled aluminum already has a place in JLR’s production, with 360,000 tonnes of end-of-life products recycled in a “closed loop” process between September 2013 and March 2020 for the Jaguar range of aluminum structures.
Speaking about the study, JLR’s lead project manager for REALITY, Gaelle Guillaume, said: “This project has enabled us for the first time to recover high quality automotive aluminum from recycled vehicles and reuse its unique properties. The potential for this for the manufacturing process is to reduce CO2 impact and also help us reuse even more aluminum. ”
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