Every day, 600 tons of aluminum scrap is fed into the furnaces at Nemak Mexico’s plants, where it is converted into parts of efficient automobile engines. Recycling or using recycled aluminum instead of bauxite, the original raw material for aluminum, brings significant environmental benefits, because it avoids the consumption of a great deal of electric energy (with the resulting reduction in CO2 emissions) and water to produce it. In 2013, more than 60% of the aluminum used in the furnaces of Nemak Mexico’s 13 plants was recycled. This is equivalent to the energy consumption of 1.23 million households in a year, and the equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 48,800 automobiles in the same period, as well as saving water equivalent to the monthly consumption of 31,000 families.
Aware of the importance of operating in an increasingly clean and environmentally friendly manner, ALFA’s companies work incessantly to reduce their emissions into the air, soil and water, in all their production and distribution processes. They put special emphasis on CO2 emissions, water management, recycling and waste elimination.
RECYCLING AND ELIMINATION OF WASTE
360,000 Tons of Recycled Aluminum processed by Nemak Mexico.
|Nemak México||360,000 Tons. of aluminum recycled.|
|Clear Path Recycling||49,000 Tons of PET containers recycled by Clear Path Recycling (a joint venture between ALFA and Shaw Industries).|
|DAK Americas||4 plants achieved Zero Waste goals. Seven other ALFA plants are working to do the same.|
Achievements in 2013
4.92 x 106 GJ
ENERGY SAVED DUE TO INITIATIVES CARRIED OUT BY ALFA COMPANIES BETWEEN 2007 AND 2013.
> U.S. $109 million invested in a cogeneration plant in Veracruz, Mexico, which will start up in 2014 and will reduce CO2 emissions by 120,000 tons per year.
MILLION M3 REDUCTION IN WATER CONSUMPTION.
> 40 wastewater treatment plants processed 18.6 million m3 of liquid.
> 23 programs in place to optimize water consumption.
Emissions (million tons of CO2)
REDUCTION OF CO2 DIRECT EMISSIONS COMPARED TO 2012.
|> Direct Emissions||1,980||2,356||2,205|