Jaguar Land Rover aluminium recycling project hits 50,000 tonne milestone

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REALCAR, the aluminium recycling project launched by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has reclaimed more than 50,000 tonnes of the metal in its first year, the automotive manufacturer has revealed.

The programme involves 11 press shops across the UK using a “closed-loop” system. The process segregates aluminium scrap from that used in its cars’ chassis and sends it back to be re-melted for future production.

JLR has prevented more than 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released to the atmosphere by using this method, instead of solely using primary aluminium.

The company has spent more than £7 million installing equipment at sites including Halewood, Castle Bromwich and Solihull to make these savings.

Nick Rogers, group engineering director, JLR, said the investment was driven by a desire “to be world leading in how we build [cars].”

“Innovative projects such as REALCAR demonstrate our commitment to meeting our sustainability challenges head-on. Its success so far marks a significant step towards our goal of having up to 75% recycled aluminium content in our vehicle body structures by 2020,” he said.