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Apple snaps up first carbon-free aluminum from Alcoa/Rio Tinto JV

Apple Inc. made its first purchase of carbon-free aluminum from Montreal-based Elysis LP, a joint venture of Rio Tinto and Alcoa Corp., Reuters reported Dec. 5.

The aluminum will be shipped this month from the Alcoa Technical Center in Pittsburgh and used in Apple products. The size or cost of the purchase was not disclosed, the report said.

The joint venture was launched in May 2018, securing C$188 million in total funding from Apple, Rio, Alcoa and the governments of Canada and Quebec to develop and commercialize carbon-free aluminum by 2024.

The technology only produces oxygen as byproduct compared with the traditional smelting process which emits greenhouse gases.

While Elysis already made the first batch in its Pittsburgh plant, the venture reportedly plans to produce the aluminum at its C$50 million research facility in Quebec, which is expected to open in the second half of 2020.

Quebec owns a 3.5% stake in the venture, with the remaining ownership split equally between Rio and Alcoa.