Reducing emissions and harvesting value

Harvesting raw materials from waste streams is one way that Elkem works to reduce emissions and create value for customers. 

All production necessarily creates by-products
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on how we can make use of these products to create more value and reduce waste. In Elkem, we have renamed our by-products “Process Products” and since 2013 a team of four professionals are working together with the plants and customers to develop new, innovative solutions that capture the value of these products. BriqSil® is a product that can be used as an alternative to standard ferrosilicon. Various streams from ferrosilicon and silicon production are now collected and compressed into briquettes that are tailor-made to suit the various needs of steel producers. In 2017 a total of 15.000mt of BriqSil was sold into the Steel Industry.

- Each year we harvest a total of 100,000 tonnes of process products to generate new solutions for our customers. As part of our zero-waste initiative our work has the added benefit of cleaning up operations, minimising emissions  and creating better working conditions for our employees, says Cor Oldenziel, head of the Process Products team in Elkem.