alcoa anglesea celebrates 40 years of operation
Alcoa’s Anglesea Power Station in Victoria celebrated its 40th birthday in December.
The Alcoa Anglesea Power Station began operating in 1969 and for the past six years it's even been home to a pair of peregrine falcons each breeding season. With a custom-built nest box on the Power Station’s water tower and a live webcam, the peregrine falcon is a bird that is seen around the Power Station constantly at certain times of the year.
Today Alcoa Anglesea operates at world class efficiency levels for brown coal fired power stations. It supplies approximately 40 per cent of the power required by Alcoa’s Point Henry aluminium smelter near Geelong.
In celebration, the Anglesea Lions Club cooked up a breakfast barbecue feast, with one of the chefs even being a retired Alcoa Anglesea employee.
Alcoa Anglesea Power Station Manager, Stephanie Pearce, said: “We are proud that we have been able to offer stable and rewarding employment for several generations to the local community.
“We have two current Alcoa employees who completed their apprenticeships with our business and they’re still working for us 40 years later.
“To have over 60 other people that worked with us for over 25 years is really heartening and virtually unheard of these days.
“We have seen much change in both our business and the local community over the 40 years we’ve been operating in Anglesea.
"Like other businesses, we face many challenges at the moment but we are working hard to continue to build on the strong foundations Alcoa has in Anglesea,” Ms Pearce said.
Local artist Bill Jackman was commissioned to make a wooden sculpture of a peregrine falcon to mark the anniversary. The sculpture has been mounted on site. Next to the sculpture will also be name plates detailing the 25 and 40 year service milestones of over 70 Alcoa employees.
global society can be sustainable by 2050
Alcoa and a diverse group representing 29 leading global companies across 14 industries has called on businesses around the world to develop strategies that would enable a global population of some 9 billion people to live well within the resources of the planet by 2050.
Alcoa and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) are partnering to provide companies with a pathway to reach a sustainable global society by 2050.
This month, the Council launched the joint report, Vision 2050: The New Agenda for Business, at the World CEO Forum in New Delhi. The report outlines vast new business opportunities – valued as much as US$6.2 trillion – for companies that have the foresight to lead with a sustainable development agenda.
Alcoa Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Mohammad A. Zaidi co-chaired the extensive 18-month project.
“Vision 2050 lays out the challenges, pathway and options that business can use to create an opportunity-rich strategy, both regionally and globally, that will lead to a sustainable world,” said Dr. Zaidi.
“The world already has the knowledge, science, technologies, skills and financial resources needed to achieve Vision 2050. However, concerted global action in the next decade will be required to bring these capabilities and resources together, putting the world on the path to sustainability.”
The 80-page publication outlines a future in which the projected world population in 2050 – 9 billion people – could live well, enjoying good health, food, shelter, energy, mobility and education. In the Vision 2050 scenario, global society attains this standard of living at a sustainable rate, without additional harm to biodiversity, climate and the ecosystem.
Sustainability is a core value to Alcoa, which is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Some of the most recent company accomplishments include:
- Through 2009, the company achieved a 43% reduction in greenhouse gasses from the 1990 base year – a 72% improvement over our target for 2010.
- Approximately 90% of Alcoa’s worldwide operations have community programs (including Australia), putting the company within reach of its target of 100% by 2010.
- Alcoa has been ranked by the Covalence Ethics Index 11 out of 581 companies in ethical reputation among all companies worldwide and first in the Resources category.
- 73 percent of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today helping to make it one of the most sustainable materials in the world. The light-weight material also lowers emissions in transport products.
“Partnering with WBCSD on the Vision 2050 project was natural for Alcoa, because sustainability is inherent to us as a company,” Dr. Zaidi said.
“Aluminium in and of itself is one of the most sustainable materials in the world because it is infinitely recyclable. Seventy-three percent of all of the aluminium that has ever been made since 1888 is still in use today through recycling.”
Vision 2050 spells out the “must haves” – the things that must happen over the coming decade to make a sustainable planetary society possible. These include:
- Meeting the development needs of billions of people, enabling education and economic empowerment, particularly of women, and developing radically more eco-efficient solutions, lifestyles and behaviour
- Incorporating the costs of externalities, starting with carbon, ecosystem services and water, into the structure of the marketplace
- Doubling agricultural output without increasing the amount of land or water used
- Halting deforestation and increasing yields from planted forests
- Halving carbon emissions worldwide (based on 2005 levels) by 2050, with greenhouse gas emissions peaking around 2020 through a shift to low-carbon energy systems and highly improved demand-side energy efficiency
- Providing universal access to low-carbon mobility
- Delivering a four- to ten-fold improvement in the use of resources and materials.
As part of this transformation, Vision 2050 calls for business to work with government and society worldwide to transform markets and competition.
Vision 2050, with its best-case scenario for sustainability and pathways for reaching it, is intended not to be a definitive blueprint, but a tool for thought leadership, a platform for beginning the dialogue that must take place to navigate the challenging years to come.
“It is hoped that the Vision 2050 work will be used for many years to come,” said Per Sandberg, project director for Vision 2050. “It is designed to be a platform for companies when deliberating strategies and for dialogue with governments and society about how to realize the sustainable future.”
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