Braidy Industries Chief Executive Officer Craig Bouchard has repeatedly said the Braidy Atlas aluminum mill will demonstrate to the world how large scale manufacturing can be done with a low carbon footprint.

That commitment to reducing Braidy’s carbon footprint prompted an invitation for Bouchard to speak to the United Nations Climate Action Summit last week. Bouchard’s message, that Braidy will offer the lowest carbon footprint of any aluminum rolling mill in the United States, was well received in New York City.

“It was truly an honor,” Bouchard said of speaking at the UN. “The meetings are going on for like three days. There are thousands of people there for many good reasons. They are from all over the world. So it was a complete honor…it was fantastic.”

Reducing carbon is a priority for the Braidy mill, slated for EastPark Industrial Center, and the approach os earning praise and attention from across the globe.

“It is one reason BMW chose us…our sustainability, our carbon imprint,” Bouchard said. “They have publicly stated, as a big public company, their goals for lower carbon, so they are going to pick suppliers that help do that and we are one of them.

“We are the lowest carbon imprint of any rolling mill in the United States,” Bouchard said.

Braidy is finalizing its plans for the mill at EastPark. Bouchard said the mill remains on schedule. The Atlas mill is expected to open in 2021 at a total cost of $1.7 billion. It is expected to bring approximately 600 permanent jobs to the area. In July the company said $300 million has been raised and the majority of the remaining capital needed is now in hand in cash, binding commitments or letters of intent.