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06 July 2016


As the Jaguar XE celebrates its first full year of sales, its pioneering recycled aluminium project, called ‘REALCAR’, passes the significant milestone of reclaiming 50,000 tonnes of aluminium – the equivalent of 200,000 XE body shells. A remarkable achievement that has prevented 500,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

These impressive figures are the result of 11 UK press shops implementing a closed-loop aluminium waste recovery system that sends metal back into the production cycle to be re-melted into new aluminium sheet for use in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

The Jaguar XE became the first car in the World to use the innovative high-strength aluminium produced through this system. It offers huge sustainability benefits, and requires up to 95% less energy than primary aluminium production.

Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Jaguar Land Rover. We are driven by the desire to produce increasingly world-class, light-weight, vehicles, but we also want to be world leading in how we build them.”

To this end, sustainability has become woven into the way we design and build our vehicles, with the environmental impact over the whole life cycle of a vehicle a central consideration. In 2015, we were honoured to be recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, which acknowledges our commitment to the environment and society.