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Developing sustainable product offerings

Gränges’ products contribute to increased business and sustainability benefits for customers and end-users. Aluminium’s unique properties improve resource efficiency and climate performance along the value chain, thus supporting the transition towards a circular and sustainable economy.

Our commitment

We will enhance the sustainability performance of our products through development of innovative and eco-responsible offerings and provide customers with verified sustainability performance data. By doing so, we aim to improve their environmental footprint and contribute positively to a more circular industry approach to aluminium.

Performance 2020

  • 19 per cent (-) of Gränges’ products had third-party verified sustainability information.

Aluminium as an enabler for sustainability

Gränges works to leverage the advantages of aluminium by designing and manufacturing offerings which can improve customers’ and end-users’ sustainability performance from both an operational and product perspective. A study1) from 2016 concluded that lightweighting of transport vehicles leads to substantial fuel and carbon emissions savings. The potential lifetime saving for a passenger car was estimated between 500 kg to 2,000 kg of carbon dioxide per 100 kg weight reduction.

ECO-RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION
Improving customer and end-user sustainability performance

Developing products that can improve customers’ sustainability performance is a top priority at Gränges. Aluminium helps to increase customers’ operational resource efficiency and the Climate performance of their products. It can also contribute to improved workplace health and safety, where Gränges’ TRILLIUM® material for example reduces customers’ exposure to flux due to the build-in fluxing agents. Aluminium also delivers significant energy and climate savings in the use phase, which can often entirely offset the initial energy consumption required to produce the metal.

Gränges works to incorporate sustainability aspects into product development with a focus on products’ full life-cycle performance. The biggest opportunities for improving products’ sustainability performance is in the early stages of the product development process, when the product characteristics are decided. Gränges has an ambition to design offerings that are based on more recycled aluminium and that can be efficiently dismantled, collected, sorted and recycled downstream the value chain and after products’ end-of-life. The company also works to develop products which can reduce fuel consumption and improve energy efficiency in the use phase.

PRODUCT LIFE-CYCLE SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE
Transparent sustainability information on products

Having clear sustainability information on product level enables customers to understand, evaluate and compare Gränges’ products from a sustainability perspective. It also helps Gränges to build a solid fact base for innovation and performance improvements, with the aim to further design and develop customer offerings geared towards sustainability and circularity.

In 2020, Gränges’ operations in Finspång developed and implemented a life-cycle and carbon footprint assessment (LCA/CF) tool which enables declarations of nvironmental impacts on a product level, starting with the products’ carbon footprint. This is in line with 2025 target to provide third-party verified sustainability information for 80 per cent of its products. To ensure transparency and credibility, Gränges engaged the external party IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute to verify the methodology, process and routines used in the assessment. The carbon footprint assessments have been conducted in accordance with ISO 14040, ISO 14044 and ISO 14067.

In 2020, 19 per cent (–) of the company’s products had third-party verified sustainability information available. Going forward, Gränges intends to expand the information to also cover other environmental impact categories and sustainability aspects, and to also include the use phase in the product climate impact calculations. The company also intends to implement the tool in its other operations.

Gränges’ Carbon footprint report

IVL Verification report

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1) IFEU 2016: Energy savings by lightweighting – 2016 Update.

Note: All numbers exclude Gränges Konin and Gränges Powder Metallurgy.

New lca tool and methodology

To support customers to evaluate the climate impact along their value chain and increase their sustainability performance based on a fact based approach, Gränges’ operations in Finspång in the end of 2020 implemented third-party verified product sustainability information, starting with the carbon footprint. The company can offer customers third-party verified carbon footprint certificates and a detailed Carbon footprint report which describes the methodology and key assumptions used. The model covers the carbon footprint impact from bauxite mining to inbound transports and Gränges’ own activities up until delivery from the site and can be applied on the full product portfolio in Gränges’ operations in Finspång. Data is initially updated on an annual basis.

Targets and target fulfilment

See detailed information about Gränges’ long-term sustainability targets and target fulfilment.

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