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Alcoa receives top honours with two significant award wins. While Alcoa farmlands has been in the spotlight.
 
Alcoa received top honours recently with wins at the WA Industry & Export Awards and the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
 
Alcoa was awarded the Minerals & Energy Export Award at the Department of Industry and Resources’ WA Industry and Export Awards at the end of last month.
 
The Minerals & Energy Export Award, won by Alcoa, is presented to an organisation for outstanding export achievement in the production or primary processing of extractive and value-added minerals or energy products.
 
Alcoa’s General Manager of Western Australian Operations, Simon Butterworth, said the award win reflected the hard work of all employees in making Alcoa in WA the best it can be.
 
“Nationally we are one of Australia's leading exporters, contributing almost $5 billion in exports last year,” Mr Butterworth said.
 
“Alumina produced by Alcoa in WA accounts for around 11 per cent of world demand and 5 per cent of WA's total exports.”
 
Mr Butterworth said one of the things he was most proud of was the significant contribution Alcoa continues to make to both the WA and national economies.
 
“Around 80 cents in every export dollar earned by Alcoa stays in Australia,” he said.
 
The win has put Alcoa in the running for a national award – the company now being a finalist in the 2008 Australian Export Awards.
 
Meantime, Alcoa’s Kwinana Refinery was named ‘Minerals Processing Plant of the Year’ at the annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards in late October.
 
The Awards recognise excellence in the Australian mining industry, while the ‘Minerals Processing Plant of the Year’ award is presented to an organisation which has improved productivity, safety, and environmental standards or has reached notable milestones using new technology, innovative processes or techniques.
 
The Kwinana Refinery was recognised largely for its carbon capture technology which locks up significant amounts of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. The Kwinana plant has the capacity to lock up 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
 
“That’s the equivalent of taking over 17,500 cars off the road,” said TDG Residue Development Manager Dr David Cooling.

more than an aluminium producer - alcoa farmlands in the spotlight
Alcoa is best known as an aluminium producer, but did you know we also have a successful farmlands business?

 
Alcoa Farmlands took centre stage at Australia’s national vegetation conference, Veg Futures 08, in Queensland last month. Veg Futures 08, run by Greening Australia and Land & Water Australia, saw over 400 vegetation experts discuss the latest science and issues surrounding the management of Australia’s native vegetation.
 
Manager of Alcoa Farmlands, Tony Hiscock, shared his experience running Alcoa’s rural landholdings and farming activities in Western Australia which are underpinned by an ethos of conservation and sustainability. 
 
Alcoa’s pledge to environmental rehabilitation and sustainability is demonstrated in the 19,000 hectares of rural landholdings we manage at Pinjarra, Wagerup and Boddington – known as Alcoa Farmlands.
 
Alcoa Farmlands has the largest beef breeding herd in the South-West of Australia, producing approximately 2000 tonnes of beef annually.
 
By developing strategies to develop best practice in sustainable farming, Alcoa Farmlands exhibits a farming system that increases beef production per hectare to make it economically sustainable and environmentally compatible.
 
“We have a commitment to the farming community in our region and actively share our knowledge and expertise with other landholders”.

“More broadly we are keen to contribute to the agricultural industry as a whole and are taking a leadership role in integrating business with conservation.”

While beef cattle is the main agricultural activity with around 10,000 run across our three farmlands locations, one of our properties runs up to 5,000 sheep on a seasonal basis alongside a 400ha cropping program and an aquaculture enterprise.
 
Alcoa Farmlands is acknowledged within the industry for producing a high standard of cattle product.  It has been accredited with Cattlecare Quality Assurance for over 10 years, achieves audit standards of the Livestock Producers Association QA system and consistently produces livestock that satisfies the Meat Standards Australia grading system.
 
In the past 10 years Alcoa Farmlands has planted more than 920,000 trees, protected 23km of streamlines through fencing and revegetation of stream banks, protected and enhanced 4500ha remnant vegetation and revegetation areas and protected 11 wetlands.
 
With annual gross turnover of more than $2.5 million, Alcoa Farmlands is proud to spend over $1.2 million in our local communities each year.


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Dr David Cooling says Carbon Capture will revolutionise the alumina industry



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Carbon Capture at the Kwinana Refinery



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Alcoa Farmlands Manager, Tony Hiscock, (centre) joins Greening Australia CEO, David Willaims, (left) and fellow keynote speaker, Dr Mark Howden, from CSIRO (right) at Veg Futures 08 - scroll down for full story