Thinking Green

Operating in a manner that protects and promotes the health and well-being of the environment is a core value at Owl’s Head. OHA understands the critical importance of minimizing impacts and maximizing opportunities related to the environment through the processes and operations required to produce its products. The team at OHA strives to prevent and minimize adverse environmental impacts, including waste emissions and discharges from its operations as well as improved efficiency of its natural resources consumption.

This philosophy at Owl’s Head began in the design and construction phase where the designing engineer was instructed to design and construct a facility that was 125% of that required by environmental laws and regulations. Examples are separate bag houses for each furnace when only one bag house was required to meet minimum standards, and oversized hoods for the capture of emissions.

The secondary aluminum market continues to thrive today largely because of the energy savings in the secondary market versus the primary. The energy required to melt and recover aluminum from scrap and dross is only 5% of that required to produce aluminum from bauxite ore. This 95% in energy savings greatly lowers the overall impact of the industry’s operations on the environment. In 1997, for the first time, the metal produced from secondary aluminum exceeded that produced from primary aluminum facilities.