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December 13, 2021

“Towards a more sustainable alumina production in Europe” online workshop

On 23-24 September, European Aluminium organised the online cross-fertilisation workshop “Towards a more sustainable alumina production in Europe” under the umbrella of the RemovAL and ReActiv EU projects. Over 150 experts from aluminium industry, research and technology organisations, institutions and SMEs express their interest to attend the event. In seven sessions, this online event addressed the outcomes of EU projects related to various processing routes and potentials of alumina and bauxite residue by giving a special focus on the industrial symbiosis concept and the associated enabler Hubs4circularity as promoted by Horizon Europe. The presentations and breakout discussions showed the potentials and synergies of those EU projects. The event indicated the […]
December 3, 2021

RemovAL research awarded best paper

RemovAL research won the best paper award in the BR subject of ICSOBA 2021 for the paper “Transforming Bauxite Residue into an Alternative Cement via Vitrification, a Scalable Solution?” by Michiel Giels, Tobias Hertel and Yiannis Pontikes. This work by the KUL team and the RWTH team helped in the upscaling of RemovAL technologies.
November 24, 2021

Innovation Forum Agenda

The full agenda for Innovation Forum 2021 has been published. Download it here or see it in full at and don’t forget to register. Innovation Forum 2021 is taking place on November 30 in Brussels. For those who can’t make it physically, the event is also going to be available virtually at
November 5, 2021

RemovAL joins Innovation Forum 2021

RemovAL will be a part of H2020 Innovation Forum 2021 that is taking place on November 30 2021, in Brussels, and virtually for those who wish to attend remotely. H2020 Innovation Forum is an on-going clustering initiative, bringing together H2020 projects with policy makers, end-users, industry representatives, investors, start-ups and SMEs. This year’s topics focus on Metal Processing & Products, PCMI Plastic Processing & Products, Energy Storage & Recycling and ISAT. Registrations are now open at
October 14, 2021

RemovAL to participate in Raw Materials Week

Removal Project invited to present in the  EU Horizon Technology Success Stories, on November 15th , during the 6th edition of the “Raw Materials Week” The 2021 Raw Materials Week will be centred around the 8th annual High-level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials addressing the latest news regarding raw materials in the EU. The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials is a stakeholder platform that brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia and NGOs. Its mission is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on innovative approaches to […]
July 13, 2021

Internal Life Cycle Assessment Workshop

On 17th of June, European Aluminium organised the Internal Life Cycle Assessment Workshop as an online event. This Workshop focused on presenting the sustainability evaluation of the RemovAL processing routes from a life cycle and circular economy perspective. The main objective was to get partners’ feedback and recommendations, especially from industrial ones. More than 30 representatives from the RemovAL partners as well as invited alumina industries participated. Two main processing routes were presented, i.e. the production of pig-iron and the development of construction materials (de-alkalization, soil stabilization and high-performance binders). The environmental benefits of these processing routes were highlighted in comparison […]
April 16, 2021

RemovAL contributed to Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) technical workshop

The Technical Workshop Channelling knowledge from European projects into the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) was held virtually on December 3rd, 2020. The workshop was co-organized by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The workshop aimed to increase the awareness of EU raw materials project outputs, and how these can support the RMIS’ development needs and priorities. In particular, the workshop focused on 3 main topics: The most relevant knowledge needs on raw material value chains (both primary and secondary). How to increase awareness of project outputs and how best these […]
April 6, 2021

KU Leuven’s plans for the RemovAL demo house

As part of  RemovAl, work is scheduled to erect a house that will be made entirely out of materials from bauxite residue. The demo house of 25 m2 will be builtin the housing settlement next to the AoG alumina plant, in the ‘Aspra Spitia’ area of Greece, which means ‘white houses’ in Greek. “So we might end-up building a house with green materials made from red mud in the Casablanca of Greece (laughs)“, says Professor Pontikes, our partner in KU Luven. He continues: “The final building elements will actually have a wide range of colours. The materials we develop are black […]
April 6, 2021

MYTILINEOS performs first BR slag leaching campaign in its hydro pilot

Three hundred (300) kg of calcium rich BR slag, produced in WP4, was leached in two consecutive days. The results demonstrate the ability to  recover 70% of the alumina content in BR, in  a highly concentrates sodium aluminiate solution
March 17, 2021

3rd International Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference

November 19, 2020

IAI Technology Roadmap for maximising the use of BR in cement

The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has launched the Bauxite Residue Roadmap to maximise the use of bauxite residue in cement and concrete products. The roadmap provides information that addresses concerns, prejudices, technical and legislative barriers to bauxite residue use.
October 6, 2020

5th Removal Progress meeting

On  the 28th of September, 2020,  the Fifth Progress meeting of the removal project was held once again online, due to the COVID 19 travel restrictions. The consortium has agreed to request for a six month extension to the project timeline to cope with the delays caused by the global pandemic.
June 8, 2020

First Pilot Scale EAF smelting test at ELKEM

First tapping of pig iron and slag from Bauxite Residue (BR) smelting at Elkem Pilot. Trials will continue with different mixes of BR, Si sources and carbon, including SPL. The slag produced will be evaluated and tested for use in cement and mineral wool production as well as for alumina and REE extraction.
June 8, 2020

4th Removal Progress meeting

The 4th RemovAL progress meeting was held on 11-12 May  2020, online due to the COVID19 outbreak.In total 40 participants joined the online teleconference sessions to review and discuss the progress of the project.  Hopefully the next REMOVAL meeting will be once again physical.
November 14, 2019

RemovAL stakeholders’ workshop – “Towards an EU regulatory framework boosting use of slags and residues of the metal sector”

As part of the EU Removal research project, European Aluminium organised on 6 November a workshop in Brussels focusing on the EU regulatory framework addressing residues and slags from the metal industry. This workshop gathered more than 50 experts from the European commission, metal industry such as aluminium, steel, copper, ferro-alloy and from the RemovAL consortium. Experts discussed the opportunities and challenges encountered by the various metal sectors in order to identify more promising regulatory options for the future, especially for bauxite residues which are the heart of the Removal project. See the full programme of the workshop
November 14, 2019

1st project review completed successfully

The first project review for RemovAL took place in KU Leuven on 7-8 November 2019. During the meeting the consortium visited the KULeuven’s mobile inorganic polymer (IP) pilot plant. The latter will be transported to alumina refineries for in-situ demonstration of innovative IP binder production from BR.
October 1, 2019

ENSUREAL presented at Indo-European Meet

On the 18, 19 and 20 September 2019, RemovAl, together with the SCALE and ENSUREAL projects, was presented at the Partnership Instrument EU-REI event “Indo-European Meet on Resource Efficiency in the Aluminium Industry with a Focus on Effective Utilization of Red Mud (Bauxite Residue)”. After a first round of meetings with the highest levels of the Indian Government and industry on the 19, a one day workshop followed where the state of play, opportunities and challenges related to the issue of Bauxite Residue management and valorisation were presented and discussed. On the 20, a visit by the EU Experts to the […]
September 16, 2019

RemovAL policy stakeholders’ workshop: Towards an EU regulatory framework boosting use of slags and residues of the metal sector

The RemovAL policy workshop, "Towards an EU regulatory framework boosting use of slags and residues of the metal sector", will take place in Brussels, on November 6, 2019.
June 27, 2019

RemovAL presented at MINEA

RemovAL was presented at the MINEA Network Conference: “Recovery of Secondary Raw Materials from Mining Residues and Waste, case studies and best practices” in Berlin on 23 May 2019 in the Processing: Industrial Case Studies session. More information about the event is available on the MINEA webpage at
June 19, 2019

Bauxite Residue on focus in the newest JRC report

Latest JRC science for policy report includes special chapter on the Bauxite Residue handling and recycling. The report, titled Recovery of critical and other raw materials from mining waste and landfills, focuses on the untapped potential to extract strategic raw materials from mining waste and landfills in Europe. The chapter, titled “Bauxite Residue as a resource in Europe”, gives the context of the existing situation and also focuses on the potential innovations that projects such as SCALE could contribute, towards a zero-waste solution.