Customer Stern lowers carbon footprint with Hydro Reduxa
Hydro’s primary aluminium range with low CO2 footprint, Reduxa, has just been released to the extrusion market. Stern Wintergarten, a producer of winter and summer gardens, patio covers and sun protection in Germany, is one of the first customers to fully switch to the low-carbon alternative.
The company truly values sustainability. “At Stern, we drive electric cars, we have electric charging stations, and we even produce our own electricity: At this point we are 70% self-sufficient. To us, choosing Hydro Reduxa, which is made by 100% renewable energy, is a natural choice. We want to lead by example,” says Stern’s CEO Frank Schulte.
Hydro Reduxa is Hydro’s primary aluminium which is based on renewable energy. The average aluminium consumed in Europe contains 8,6 kg CO2/kg aluminium. In comparison, Hydro Reduxa certifiably contains up to 4 kg CO2/kg aluminium.
With carbon emissions being considered an increasing threat to the world’s climate, many of Hydro’s customers are looking to source materials with a lower CO2 footprint, particularly customers who have high sustainability ambitions, or who wants to attain green labels on their products. Hydro Reduxa, along with Hydro’s recycled aluminium range Hydro Circal, gives customers a choice to lower their CO2 footprint and improve their environmental standards.
Stern has five production sites in Germany which specialize in winter gardens. The aluminium extrusions are delivered by Hydro’s Drunen, Offenburg and Hoogezand plants.
Hydro can now deliver Hydro Circal recycled aluminium with a documented carbon footprint of 1.9 kg of CO2e/kg aluminium, down from previous 2.3 kg of CO2e/kg.
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