Energy

Energy Efficiency
Alcoa has a sustained focus on energy efficiency as a way of reducing greenhouse intensity.

In 2007, Alcoa of Australia was the first corporation to register and formally report to the Federal Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (DITR) on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Act 2007 and Greenhouse Challenge Plus programs. 

To view the 2009 Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program Report data for Alcoa of Australia & Subsidiaries and Alcoa Australia Rolled products, visit: www.alcoa.com.au/reports.

In addition, both our smelters report to the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as part of the Greenhouse Gas Program. Progress made on initiatives detailed in the GHG Action plan is submitted to the EPA on an annual basis as part of each smelter’s Performance Report.

Our Western Australian Operations Energy Lead Team continued to review refinery energy plans and facilitate technology transfer to improve energy efficiency.  Benchmarking and technology transfer within our global alumina business is ongoing, with a dedicated technical manager.

Energy Security
With energy a critical input to our business, energy security is naturally a top priority for Alcoa. In 2009 our focus on energy security continued, in particular around the availability of natural gas for Western Australia. 

Alcoa experienced first hand the impact of this significant issue, with the suspension of our Wagerup Refinery expansion in 2008, partly due to uncertainty over future energy supply. Without long-term affordable gas supplies, big expansion projects like Wagerup can’t proceed, resulting in negative economic flow on effects for Western Australia.

In 2009, Alcoa encouraged debate on whether Australia has the balance right between expanding and maximising LNG exports while ensuring the country’s own domestic needs are met.

Alcoa successfully raised the profile of this issue through extensive discussions with Governments, and other stakeholders. We believe a strong domestic gas industry based on competitive selling and diversity of supply is critical to meet Western Australian industry and domestic needs, and to stimulate economic growth, jobs and investment.

With gas being a clean transitional fuel - an important piece in the greenhouse challenge while we pave our way to renewables – and with Alcoa being one of the Western Australia’s largest energy users, it’s critical for us to be at the forefront of this debate to ensure the sustainability of our operations.

To read more about energy visit: www.alcoa.com.au/energy.

To learn about Alcoa’s specific energy use in 2009 (gas, diesel, LPG, coal) read the Production Data Summary in our 2009 Sustainability Report at www.alcoa.com.au/sustainability.
 




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