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Vedanta Aluminium launches India’s first low carbon ‘green’ aluminium

By Anvita Pillai ,

Added 25 February 2022

Restora is the first Indian primary aluminium to be made using renewable energy with an ultra-low carbon footprint


alumVedanta Aluminium Business, one of India’s largest producers of aluminium and value-added products, launched ‘Restora’, a low carbon, ‘green’ aluminium brand. Under the brand, the company unveiled two product lines – Restora (low carbon aluminium) and Restora Ultra (ultra-low carbon aluminium). Vedanta Aluminium is the first major non-ferrous Indian metals producer to manufacture low carbon products (primary aluminium) for customers worldwide, exhibiting a strong step towards its commitment to achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. Both products have been verified as low-carbon aluminium post-assessment by an independent, global verification assurance firm.

With Restora, Vedanta Aluminium will address the fast-growing global demand for low carbon aluminium, driven by greater climate consciousness. Vedanta’s Restora is being manufactured at the company’s aluminium smelter using renewable energy. It has a GHG emission intensity below four tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per tonne of aluminium manufactured – the global threshold for aluminium to be considered low carbon aluminium. 

Restora Ultra has an even lower carbon footprint that is amongst the lowest globally. It is made from recovered aluminium through Vedanta’s partnership with Runaya Refining, one of India’s fast-growing manufacturing start-ups focused on creating innovative solutions for the resources sector and leverages patented technology licensed from TAHA International SA for processing aluminium dross at Vedanta’s plants. Under its Ultra product line, the company will offer aluminium recovered from dross (a by-product of the aluminium smelting process). Restora Ultra is also a testament to Vedanta’s sharp focus on ‘zero-waste’ by enhancing its operational efficiencies.

Vedanta Aluminium has the capability to tailor-make Restora and Restora Ultra as Billets, Primary Foundry Alloy (PFA), wire rods, slabs, P1020 Ingots and more, customised to the needs of the end-use industries. Vedanta Aluminium already has interest from discerning, environmentally conscious customers for the first production volume of 100 kilotonnes of Restora and Restora Ultra aluminium. 

Launching the Restora brand, Rahul Sharma, CEO – Aluminium Business, Vedanta, said, “The launch of Restora marks a proud moment in our commitment to decarbonise our operations as well as provide our customers with an unmatched competitive advantage with sustainable aluminium products. Our holistic solutions are market-responsive and tailored to support evolving needs of customers. Restora has a GHG emission intensity of almost half of the global threshold for low carbon aluminium. With consumers becoming increasingly conscious of the provenance of the products they use, Vedanta’s Restora will provide them with the assurance that the aluminium they purchase has amongst the lowest carbon footprints in the world.”

It is a strategic imperative for the company to reduce carbon emissions across every process stage. As a result of this unwavering focus, Vedanta Aluminium has reduced its GHG emissions intensity by 21% in FY21 while almost tripling its production over the FY12 baseline. The company is also a member of the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) family is ranked fourth amongst global aluminium producers in 2021.

Aluminium is the ‘metal of the future, with potential for greater applications in a climate-conscious world. The metal is pivotal to the world’s transition to potential clean energy technologies for a low-carbon future. Towards this end, the company has brought together technical, operations and marketing expertise in the Centre of Excellence to develop new products and product applications for sunrise sectors such as electric mobility, solar/renewable energy, green buildings, aerospace and more. 

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