October 5, 2023: Carbon additives company Birla Carbon repurposed more than 70% of its material waste over the past financial year, according to its 11th sustainability report, released on September 18.
Birla said tech innovations also mean its carbon black can increase the energy saving of higher performance lead and lithium batteries by 5%-15%, as auto firms strive to meet more stringent CO2 emission requirements.
The company said 70% of its plants are now net energy positive — with all sites using recycled process water or rainwater in its operations.
The report comes four months after Birla said it had received sustainability certification ISCC PLUS for its manufacturing plant in Italy.
The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) is a voluntary scheme that helps identify companies providing sustainable and circular raw materials.
A range of products are covered by the scheme including recycled carbon.
Birla Carbon Italy is also certified to produce circular materials such as its Continua 8000 sustainable carbonaceous material.
In July 2022, Birla Carbon announced it had raised a $50 million green loan to refinance part of the capital expenditure incurred for tackling emissions at its North Bend plant in the US.
Later that year Birla said it was investing in a pilot anode graphite manufacturing and post-processing plant in the US, with a view to ramping up supplies for the increasing demand for EV batteries.