Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling with a plant in Oswego, was honored Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a winner of its Climate Leadership Award for exemplary leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change.
Only 15 companies won the honor.
Novelis was honored in the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award) category for publicly reporting and verifying corporate greenhouse gas inventories and achieving aggressive greenhouse emissions reduction goals.
In addition, Novelis was recognized for demonstrating leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into its operating strategies.
Since 2007, the company has reduced its overall greenhouse gas intensity by nearly 12 percent across its U.S. locations, and globally, plans to cut its greenhouse gas contamination in half from 2007 to 2020.
“Novelis has made great strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
“Their commitment to reducing carbon pollution demonstrates that efforts to address climate change are repaid by saving money and energy, while supporting more livable and resilient communities, and a healthier, better protected environment.”
At all Novelis locations, the company has made gains in reducing its greenhouse gases through optimizing its re-melt processes and sharing best practices on the efficient use of lighting and compressed air.
Not only is the company committed to reducing its greenhouse gases, it has also made a commitment to increase the recycled content in its products to 80 percent by 2020, among other goals.
“The EPA’s Climate Leadership Award is recognition that we are making real progress in our sustainability commitment, which we believe will be key to Novelis’ long-term competitiveness,” noted John Gardner, vice president and chief sustainability officer for Novelis.
“We are radically transforming our company to achieve our aggressive sustainability goals and are focused on the work that remains to reduce our carbon footprint, increase our recycled content and operate ethically and responsibly worldwide,” Gardner said.