Elkem, a global leader in silicon-based advanced materials, today announces a
new climate roadmap detailing how the company plans to develop its business in
line with the aim of the Paris agreement of limiting global warming to well
below two degrees. The company aims to reduce its total fossil CO2 emissions
by 28% from 2020-31 while growing its supplies to the green transition - thereby
delivering a 39% improvement of its product carbon footprint in the same period.
Elkem's long-term goal is net zero emissions by 2050.
Elkem has a strong position to contribute on climate, having been founded in
1904 to create value from renewable electricity. The company already uses 83%
renewable electricity in its operations. Elkem's supplies of advanced silicones,
silicon products and carbon solutions are essential to the green transition,
with silicon metal on the EU's 2020 list of critical raw materials. Elkem is
also externally recognised for climate actions: Ranking among the world's top 5%
companies rated by CDP in 2020.
The new climate roadmap details Elkem's commitment to limiting the long-term
global temperature increase to well below 2°C - in line with the Paris agreement
- while also growing faster than the market and achieving revenue growth of 5
-10% per year.
"Elkem aims to be part of the solution to combat climate change - and to be one
of the winners in the green transition. Our mission is to provide advanced
material solutions shaping a better and more sustainable future. We have a clear
corporate strategy to strengthen our competitive positions through
specialisation and growth. With this climate roadmap, we detail our ambitions to
reduce emissions towards net zero while growing our business," says Elkem's
interim CEO, Helge Aasen.
Elkem's direct and indirect emissions (scope 1 and 2) today amount to 3.3
million tonnes (mt) of fossil CO2 equivalents, which will be reduced by 28% to
2.4 mt by 2031. The majority of Elkem's direct emissions come from its smelters
in Europe, particularly in Norway and Iceland. The majority of the company's
indirect emissions come from China and the use of fossil fuels in the
To deliver on the roadmap, Elkem will focus on three key levers: Reducing fossil
CO2 emissions, supplying to the transition and enabling more circular economies.
· To reduce fossil CO2 emissions, Elkem aims to change the reduction material
in its smelting process to biomass, shift to using more renewable power in
China, pursue a more low-carbon supply chain and explore the potential of more
carbon capture at its smelters. Elkem has already progressed the share of
biomass in its process to more than 20%, now aiming for 50% by 2030. China is
currently investing significantly in new renewable energy which is expected to
support further improvements in the energy mix going forward.
· To supply to the transition, Elkem aims to grow its supplies of advanced
materials to green markets such as better buildings, electric vehicles and
renewable energy; and build new business in green markets such as battery
materials, biomass and energy recovery. As a leader in silicone solutions for EV
battery protection, Elkem is already supplying to more than 1 million EVs on the
road today - about 15% of the world's EVs. This market is expected to grow
exponentially over the coming years. Elkem has set up Vianode as new company
dedicated to growth opportunities for advanced battery materials, enabling 90%
reductions of emissions compared to conventional materials.
· To enable more circular economies, Elkem is working closely with customers
and researchers to increase recycling with customers and within its own
operations, as well as developing the eco-design of innovative products. Elkem
is already supplying products based on circular economy to the global market,
such as Microsilica, a former by-product now key to some of the world's tallest
buildings and longest bridges. Elkem is also currently participating in a
project with the potential of reducing the carbon footprint of silicones by more
than 65 percent through chemical recycling.
"Our stakeholders expect Elkem to be a leader on climate, and this climate
roadmap sets out bold ambitions and actions. At the same time, Elkem is
dependent on our stakeholders to enable a successful green transition: We need
customer demand for green solutions, we need attractive framework conditions and
we need world-class competence and innovation. We hope this roadmap is seen as
an invitation to work with Elkem in making a difference across our industry and
beyond," says Aasen.
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About ElkemElkem is one of the world's leading providers of advanced material solutions
shaping a better and more sustainable future. The company develops silicones,
silicon products and carbon solutions by combining natural raw materials,
renewable energy and human ingenuity. Elkem helps its customers create and
improve essential innovations like electric mobility, digital communications,
health and personal care as well as smarter and more sustainable cities. With a
strong track record since 1904, its global team of more than 6,800 people has a
joint commitment to stakeholders: Delivering your potential. In 2020, Elkem was
rated among the world's top 5% on climate and achieved an operating income of
NOK 24.7 billion. Elkem is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: ELK).
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