Nexans joins the new Aluminium Forward 2030 coalition
Raw materials
27 March 2023
3 min
Aluminium Forward 2030

The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has today launched Aluminium Forward 2030, a coalition of IAI’s 25 production members and 20 downstream and customer companies who have committed themselves to transforming the aluminium sector. The aim is to accelerate progress toward net zero emissions while working together on a roadmap that is inclusive of all the other UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combatting climate change have become priorities for the aluminium industry. However, the sector needs to move comprehensively toward net zero carbon in a way that addresses all other aspects of sustainability. This is why the IAI has formed the Aluminium Forward 2030 coalition, which Nexans has already endorsed.

Nexans takes steps to use as much low-carbon aluminium as possible in product manufacturing. In addition, through our recycling solutions, the Group recovers all types of end-of-life aluminium and copper cables, thus making a positive contribution to the environment. Our customers and partners can also benefit from this cable waste recovery service.

The coalition aims to protect and enhance the societal value of aluminium in all its applications. It also gives members the opportunity to be part of a learning community that will transform the future of supply chains.

In the fight against climate change, it is essential that our industries come together to share insights and best practices – the tools, technologies and approaches that are going to make a real difference. This is why Nexans has decided to join Aluminium Forward 2030. Through this coalition, we are keen to participate and collaborate with others to find out how we can continue to make progress.

Vincent Dessale
Vincent Dessale

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive President, Nexans

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Nexans has signed a large contract with KGHM for the supply of copper cathodes
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16 February 2023
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copper cathodes at Nexans Lens ©Eric Flogny

The growing development in electrification, and the strategic role of copper in the energy transition – leading to forecast raw material scarcity, is at the heart of Nexans concerns.

Nexans’ understanding of the electrification ecosystems and their medium- and long-term challenges commands strong strategic choices, such as the decision to guarantee the copper supply chain through vertical integration of the Metallurgy business, associated to long term supply contracts with upstream and downstream partners.

Nexans has signed a large contract with KGHM for the supply of copper cathodes in the years 2023-2027. The contract foresees the annual delivery of nearly 22.8 thousand to over 27.8 thousand tonnes of cathodes.

KGHM’s copper cathodes are a product with the highest proven quality, and this subsequent contract with Nexans is not just an expression of trust and satisfaction of our customers, but it also represents a commitment by us to ensure the highest level of performance in our work. We are currently striving vigorously to ensure not only that our copper is of the highest quality, but that it is produced in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.

Mirosław Kidoń

Vice President of the Management Board, KGHM (International Assets)

Nexans strongly values its durable business relationship with KGHM: we have chosen to engage on a 5-year Evergreen contract with them to secure a large part of our future cathode needs for our French rodmill in Lens. Our common willingness to formalize a long-term commitment will enable Nexans to continue to benefit from superior cathode quality and stability, allied to an efficient and low-carbon supply chain by rail between Poland and France.

Christophe Allain

Global Portfolio Director, Non Ferrous Metals, Nexans

Nexans and the copper smelters/refineries of KGHM have joined the Copper Mark to promote responsible copper production globally. KGHM’s long term cooperation with Nexans started in the 1970’s and is one of the oldest of the Group.

As a leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services, Nexans is committed to electrifying the future along the entire value chain, from generation and transmission to distribution and usages.

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Nexans partners with the Circular Plastics Alliance as part of its move to a circular business model
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It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans if proactive steps throughout the plastics supply chain are not taken. Each year, 8 to 12 million tonnes of plastics enter the marine environment. One important way to reduce plastics from littering our planet is by substantially increasing the use of recycled plastics.

With only about 9 percent of today’s plastic waste recycled, transitioning to a circular economy throughout the entire plastics value change is critical. This is the vision of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA), founded in 2019 in the Netherlands and supported by the European Commission. The overarching aim of the alliance is to boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025.

circular recycling logo

Nexans joins the Circular Plastics Alliance

In September, Nexans became a member of the CPA as part of its overall climate pledge to reduce the company’s environmental footprint of its operations and value chains. This important step further strengthens Nexans’ commitment to the recycling, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, use, and resource efficiency of plastics in the company’s products and packaging.

Furthermore, CPA’s expertise in plastics recycling, packaging design, product, and logistics provides guidance and expert knowledge in the implementation and testing currently undertaken at Nexans’ sites in Europe.

Nexans Buizingen site moves to 30% recycled plastic for all packaging

One of the key objectives of Nexans’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy is to limit the consumption of resources. As the company transitions to a circular business model, the move to recycled plastics is a major focus. At Nexans’ cable drum and packaging center in Buizingen, Belgium, 30 percent of packaging materials now come from recycled plastics.

Nexans is leveraging its membership to the CPA to source recycled plastic packaging materials and is actively participating in the recycling of plastic materials with its wholesalers by collecting plastic packaging waste. This waste is being recycled via Nexans’ membership to the CPA. Once recycled, it is used in packaging for new products.

Nexans Netherlands to implement a circular plastic project

To further extend the company-wide sustainability initiatives, starting in early 2023, Nexans’ Netherlands will begin a proactive program with its partners to collect Mobiway plastic drums and packing materials. The collected plastic materials will be recycled and used for new uses, creating circular packaging that extends beyond plastics and includes cardboard packaging.

Sourcing recycled materials at Nexans’ sites in France

Beyond the circular plastics initiative in the Netherlands and Belgium, Nexans’ France is actively involved in sourcing recycled materials for its products and packaging at its site in Autun, along with extending the program to other locations in France.

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Nexans strongly believes in responsible copper production
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28 November 2022
6 min
Copper wire at Nexans Lens ©Eric Flogny

Because the metals and mining industry will be at the core of enabling the energy transition, raw material scarcity – in particular that of copper, is at the heart of Nexans concerns: maintaining our metallurgical plants is key to support sustainable growth and circular economy, as well as being committed to responsible copper production.

As an active Copper Mark partner, since 2021, Nexans participates in the Risk Readiness Assessment revision process to implement responsible copper production practices and contribute to:

  • Support the move to Circularity
  • Respect Human Rights
  • Contribute to Social and Economic Development
  • Increase Transparency
  • Enhance Climate Action
  • Support Compliance.

In addition, Nexans is the only rod mill operator in the world to apply for the Copper Mark as part of a pilot project for its two factories in Lens (France) and Montreal (Canada).

Nexans has completed self-assessment Phase 1 of the pilot and has now entered Phase 2: Nexans sites will undergo a third-party assessment of their performance against 32 environmental, social, and governance criteria, conducted by a third party auditor. The assessment results will determine the Copper Mark award.

Through the Copper Mark Letter of Commitment, our two copper rod mills in Lens and Montreal commit to:

  • Meet all Copper Mark Criteria within 24 months of signing this Letter of Commitment;
  • Demonstrate conformance with the Copper Mark Criteria through participation in the Copper Mark Assurance Process
  • Nominate and provide an appropriate level of support and resources to a contact person who will coordinate with the Copper Mark;
  • Share information with the Copper Mark and the public as stipulated in the Copper Mark Assurance Process.
The Copper Mark

About The Copper Mark

The Copper Mark is an assurance framework to promote responsible practices and demonstrate the copper industry’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Copper Mark uses a rigorous site-level assessment process to independently verify whether individual copper producing sites have responsible production practices.

The Copper Mark is built on a genuine commitment to responsible production as we aim to mitigate the environmental and social impact of the copper industry, and positively contribute to sustainable development goals and the green transition.

Nexans is proud to be the worldwide pilot rod mill operator to work on obtaining the Copper Mark. Being a pioneer partner to actively promote responsible copper production practices is key at a time when Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a key component of the metals and mining Industry. Two of our rod mill production sites located in Lens and Montreal are therefore working hard to be awarded the Copper Mark during the first half of 2023.

Christophe Allain

Global Portfolio Director, Non Ferrous Metals, Nexans

Joining the Copper Mark further demonstrates Nexans’ commitment to enabling the provision of sustainable energy throughout the world. In 2008, Nexans signed the Global Compact to respect and implement the ten fundamental principles in human rights, labor standards, environmental protection, and anti-corruption. Nexans is fully aware of its responsibility to electrification and is operationally committed to contribute to carbon neutrality by 2030.

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“Copper for Tomorrow”: for a more sustainable energy future
Raw materials
08 November 2022
7 min
Copper for Tomorrow event by Indeco by Nexans

If emissions targets are to be met, nearly everything that currently runs on fossil fuels will have to switch to electricity. As a result, demand for copper will grow at a rate never seen before in history.

That is why Indeco by Nexans, a leading electrical conductor manufacturing company in Peru, held the “Copper for Tomorrow” forum to discuss the role of copper in the new era of sustainable electrification and its importance in building a decarbonized economy.

Moderated by Journalist Jimena de la Quintana, the panel was comprised of industry leaders and experts such as Roque Benavides, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A; Julia Torreblanca, Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde; Beatriz de la Vega, Tax Consultancy Partner and Leader of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG; and Alex García, General Manager of Indeco by Nexans.

Peru and Chile are responsible for 40% of global copper production, which is why Peru has an extraordinary opportunity to grow their mining industry as the demand for copper increases. Governments, companies, and communities all have the responsibility to work together and benefit the country as a whole.

Roque Benavides

Chariman of the Board of Directors, Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A

Julia Torreblanca commented that companies must prioritize the operational sustainability of their copper extraction if they want to be a responsible player across the entire value chain. Efficiency and commitment will translate from planning all the way to final sale. “While Peru is being asked to play a more active role, there is a need for policies that promote exploration in the country and for companies to focus on the distribution and transparency of timely information through innovative channels. The main objective is sustainability over time,” she said.

Furthermore, Beatriz Vega mentioned that the energy transition requires the automation of key processes, alignment with policies focused on corporate social responsibility, and digitalization of important data. In addition, optimizing human resources and taking advantage of business opportunities, such as entrepreneurship, will also improve efficiency. “There are regulations that must be complied with to continue working with copper. In Peru, businesses must allocate greater importance to climate change and sustainability, both of which will have a large economic impact in the long term.”

Expert Víctor Albuquerque, Director of Sector Analysis of APOYO Consulting, indicated that about 75% of the world’s copper consumption is destined for electric conductors and that the volume of copper used in electric cars will be the main impulse of demand in the long term.

Regarding the energy transition in Peru, he further stressed that the country will also need to adapt to the reduction of carbon emissions through power generation plants, such as the Punta Lomitas wind power plant, where Indeco by Nexans is in charge of the medium voltage network.

Alex García at the event Copper for Tomorrow

Companies in this sector are committed to anticipating the possibility that supply will not be able to meet demand and therefore, there must be a focus on the circular economy. As a group, Nexans has anticipated and adapted to the environment by focusing on recycling early on. In 2020, Indeco by Nexans recycled 135 tons of copper from what the same factory generated. Additionally, in 2021, 320 tons of cable was recycled.
This year’s goal is much more ambitious.

Alex García

General Manager, Indeco by Nexans

Víctor Albuquerque said in closing that currently in Peru, 70% of residential construction is informal, so much of the effort should focus on the customer and keep educating those customers on the importance of climate change and sustainability.

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