As the Jaguar XE celebrates one year of sales, JLR’s REALCAR closed-loop aluminium recycling process has also reached a significant milestone. The British automaker’s innovative recycling project has resulted in a reduction of CO2 emissions by over 500,000 tonnes in a year.
The company has invested over 7 million pounds at its Halewood, Castle Bromwich and Solihull press shops to install intricate segregation systems to capture and distribute the aluminium scrap for re-melting. Over 11 press shops in the UK have implemented this closed-loop system so that the aluminium scrap can be re-melted to form a strong aluminium-based alloy. This alloy is being used in making the body shells of the XE, new XF and F-Pace.
JLR claims that, in the first year of implementation, it was able to send 500,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap back to production. The weight is equivalent to that of 200,000 XE body shells. The closed-loop aluminium recycling is claimed to be 95% more energy efficient than the process of primary aluminium production, thus leading to a hefty reduction in CO2 emissions.
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Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director, JLR, says that the goal is to have up to 75% of recycled aluminium content in the brand’s vehicle body structures by 2020.
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