Environmental Management
All of Alcoa’s Western Australian Operations environmental management systems have been certified to ISO14001:2004 by the British Standards Institute (BSI).
 
Kwinana was the first Alumina Refinery in the world to achieve ISO14001 accreditation in 1998 and the fundamentals of ISO1400 are the foundation of all Kwinana’s environmental management practices and systems.
 
ISO14001 requires each location to identify activities with the potential to significantly affect the environment, define the controls in place to manage those risks and develop action plans for improvement.
 
Alcoa’s Western Australian Operations are subject to environmental regulation under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and are licensed by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and report to the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) annually.
 
Kwinana Industries Council
While maintaining an extensive environmental management programme, Kwinana refinery also subscribes to broader environmental management programmes run through the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC).  KIC is the peak body for the Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA), and coordinates many environmental initiatives and monitoring programmes on behalf of the major industries in a collaborative manner.

Alcoa, through its membership of the KIC, is contributing to research into how Kwinana industries can achieve ‘waste’ synergies by using each others by-products.

Through Curtin University's Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing (CSRP) and the Australian Research Council (ARC), the inputs and outputs of the Kwinana Industrial Area are being analysed to identify opportunities for ‘waste’ synergy.

The Carbon Capture project is one such example where Alcoa’s Kwinana plant uses waste CO2 from CSBP’s ammonia plant.