Guillaume de Goÿs

Guillaume de Goÿs

Chief Operating Officer, ALVANCE Aluminium Group and Chairman of Aluminium France

An experienced figure in the French aluminium sector, Guillaume was promoted to be ALVANCE’s Chief Operating Officer in May 2020. This followed his role as Managing Director of Aluminium Dunkerque, Europe’s largest aluminium producer, since 2016. His career has also taken in senior positions with Carbone Savoie, Rio Tinto Alcan and Michelin.

Since his appointment, Guillaume has led ALVANCE’s successful response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, managing the challenges of those sites that have adjusted production in line with restrictions and demand.

He has also overseen the completion of ALVANCE’s purchase of Belgium’s Duffel aluminium rolling facilities and continues to push the organisation in the direction of its target to be carbon neutral by 2030, in line with parent group GFG Alliance.
In response to his new role as Chairman of Aluminium France, Guillaume said: “I’m delighted to be elected to this important function and look forward to continuing the work of Jean-François with the team.”
“Despite the challenges of the last ten months, I’m confident the French aluminium industry will emerge stronger from this crisis and will seek to chart a way forward for the sector over the next few years.”

Panelist: SESSION: Energy
Wealth Flows from Energy and Ideas: The future is green energy. How does the aluminium industry get there?

All Sessions by Guillaume de Goÿs

8:30 am - 9:15 am

The world needs to act on climate change. The aluminium industry generates around 1.1 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year constituting 1% of the total global caused CO2 emissions. Our industry must do our part to reduce our carbon footprint and improve the world's fight against climate change. We need to reboot commitments and actions to meet the needs of the environment. We especially need to re-evaluate our energy supply.

  • How can we achieve the 80% reduction in emissions that we need?
  • How many shades of green are there in Aluminium?
  • What’s the challenges and opportunities for Hydroelectricity, Wind and Solar energy?
  • What about Nuclear Energy? is it classified as green energy? is it a potential? How is uranium waste safely disposed?
  • What about other inventions and new breakthrough solutions? Like large scale storage batteries farms and facilities?
  • Do governments recognise the value in allocating scarce energy resources to aluminium?
  • Until we reach our utopia of zero environmental impact, what can we do with our current technology?
  • What other new technologies do we need to develop?