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Alcoa Inc’s 2009 global Sustainability Report is now available, examining the sustainability of our products, operations and resources.
This marks the 8th consecutive year Alcoa has reported its financial, environmental and social impact results. Alcoa of Australia’s Sustainability Report will become available in the coming months.

“Since 1993 we have set goals and publicly reported on our progress, and in 2003 we published our first sustainability report. For our 2009 report, we organised around a cradle-to-cradle theme, looking at our Company from the resources we use, to production, use and reuse of our products,” said William J. O’Rourke, Alcoa Vice President for Sustainability & Environment, Health & Safety.

The 2009 report examines the sustainability of Alcoa’s products, including product design, life cycle awareness and economic value.
In addition, the report reviews sustainability of operations – a look at health and safety, climate change and financial performance -- and sustainability of resources, which includes, among other things, land management, biodiversity and purchasing standards.

“This new report reflects our efforts in 2009 to further integrate sustainability into our core business strategies during a challenging business environment,” said O’Rourke.

The report includes a new set of strategic performance goals, indexed to production to give a better picture of progress over time, unaffected by variations due to either growth or curtailment.

The new goals, from a 2005 baseline, include:
  • Reducing total carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) intensity by 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2030. 
  • A 10% reduction in the energy intensity of primary operations by 2020; 15% by 2030. 
  • A 20% reduction in the energy intensity of all other businesses by 2020; 30% by 2030. 
  • A 10% reduction in average fresh water-use intensity by 2020; 25% by 2030.

Significant achievements in the report include:
  • 74% of Alcoa locations worldwide reported zero lost work day incidents and 41% reported zero recordable injuries. 
  • Continued reductions in absolute greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, achieving a 44% reduction from 1990 levels. This compares to a reduction of 36% through the end of 2008, although a considerable portion of the 2009 improvement was due to production curtailments. 
  • Performed life cycle assessments of aluminium-containing products, including computer laptops, automotive space frames, truck/trailers, city buses, and aluminium bottles and conducted third-party, peer-reviewed life cycle assessments of aluminium beverage containers and automotive parts in association with the European Aluminium Association, U.S. Aluminium Association, and International Aluminium Institute. 
  • Around 90% of our worldwide operating locations now have community programs, and Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested more than $34 million in the communities in which we operate worldwide.

The full report is available online at www.alcoa.com/sustainability.

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