Cross-fertilisation workshop

Towards a more sustainable alumina production in Europe

European Aluminium will organise the next online Cross-fertilisation workshop "Towards a more sustainable alumina production in Europe", in partnership with RemovAL and ReActiv, on the 23rd and the 24th of September 2021. Save the date now in your calendars, the registrations will open very soon, in June 2021! 

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This two-day workshop aims to present the main outcomes from the relevant ongoing EU H2020 projects addressing the upstream part of the aluminium value chain, the production of the alumina. 

Alumina is essential in the aluminium production value chain. Approximately 2 tonnes of alumina are indeed needed for producing 1 tonne of primary aluminium. Alumina is a key raw material produced worldwide and at the European level. Globally, about 80 million tonnes of Alumina are produced from which about 6 Mt is produced in Europe corresponding to about 7% of the global production. In addition to this domestic production, approximately 2.5 Mt of alumina need to be imported to support the production of 4 Mt primary aluminium in Europe.

The first day of the workshop will present how bauxite residue can be valorised, e.g.:

  • via the various processing routes studied in the RemovAL;
  • via the extraction of various valuable elements like Scandium, Rare Earth Elements (REE) and other metals as addressed in the SCALE, REEBAUX and RIS-RESTORE projects.

The second day of the workshop will be focused on:

  • the specific Bauxite Residue valorisation concept in the cement industry under the ReActiv project;
  • the potential alternative alumina production routes as resulted by the AlSiCal & ENSUREAL projects;
  • the industrial symbiosis concept following a business model perspective as addressed in CORALIS or from synergies with the Silicon value chain as studied in SisAL or from skills need perspective as covered in Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis (SAIS-SPIRE).

The main objectives of this workshop are to promote exchange and cross-fertilisation between those EU projects and the industry in order to foster new synergies. The ultimate goal is to identify the most promising processing routes to turn bauxite residue into a resource or to produce alumina from alternative sources.

The online workshop will be articulated between several plenary sessions where the various project outcomes will be presented in combination with a virtual coffee break where participants will be invited to pursue the discussion with speakers and other participants in a user-friendly networking area.

This workshop will be freely accessible but pre-registration will be compulsory.


Registration will open in June 2021!


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