Jaguar Land Rover Upcycles Aluminium to Cut Carbon Emissions by a Quarter

A £2 million research project by Jaguar Land Rover has revealed how an innovative recycling process could upcycle waste from drinks cans, bottle tops and end-of-life vehicles into cars of the future, helping to reduce CO2 emissions during production by up to 26 per cent.

The REALITY aluminium project is an important part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission to reduce carbon emissions in all areas of its business. Their aim is ensure future generations can enjoy cleaner environments and safer societies.

Aluminium is one of the most widely used recyclable materials in the world and most importantly can be melted down and reformed repeatedly without losing its quality. Almost 75 percent of all aluminium produced in the USA and EU is still in use today. The creation of recycled aluminium uses 90 percent less energy than raw material production.

End-of-life vehicle scrap is usually exported overseas where it can be re-used for low-end applications, however new advanced separation technology has enabled it to be upcycled back into the automotive process. This helps to close the loop and reduce environmental impact.

“This project has allowed us, for the first time, to recover premium automotive-grade aluminium from scrapped vehicles and re-use its unique properties. The potential of this on the production process is a reduction in CO2 impact as well as helping us re-use even more aluminium.

As we move into an autonomous, connected and electrified future, with the potential of shared fleets being de-commissioned en masse, it could allow Jaguar Land Rover to engineer this closed loop recycling alloy into tight production schedules to further improve efficiency and environmental benefits.”

- Gaelle Guillaume, Lead Project Manager For Reality at Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has reduced its global operating CO2 emissions per vehicle by 50.7 since 2007 and around 360,000 tonnes of closed-loop scrap have been processed back into the brand’s lightweight aluminium intensive architecture since September 2013.

Contact your nearest Harwoods Jaguar dealership for more information.

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