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first aluminium company to earn cradle to cradle certification
Alcoa has received Cradle to Cradle® Certification – Silver - for our primary aluminium.

Cradle to Cradle® Certification is an independent environmental certification process, for materials and products, that assesses the total impact of the product on human health and the environment.

Alcoa is the first aluminium company to receive this Certification from MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry), a global sustainability consulting and product certification firm that developed the Cradle to Cradle® concept back in 1995.

“Cradle to Cradle® Certification is landmark recognition of the uniquely sustainable characteristics of Alcoa aluminium,” said Kevin Anton, Chief Sustainability Officer for Alcoa.

“Through this certification, Alcoa can assure its customers the company is continuing to improve the sustainability of our metal from initial production through use, and then recycling.”

Cradle to Cradle® Certification is a multi-attribute eco-label that assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. Unlike single-attribute eco-labels, MBDC’s certification program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the sustainability of a product and the practices employed in manufacturing the product. The materials and manufacturing practices of each product are assessed in five categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy Use, Water Stewardship, and Social Responsibility.

“Alcoa is showing an increasing commitment to making its products safe, healthy and recyclable," said Jay Bolus, Vice President, Technical Operations for MBDC.

“We congratulate Alcoa on its Silver certification and look forward to continuing to work with the company to help it create a positive impact as an organisation.”

Process improvements Alcoa has made in the way it produces aluminium – from reductions in energy use, deploying efficient water management systems, and recycling – helped earn the certification, and contribute to the Vision 2050 goals of reaching a sustainable global society in which nine billion people live well and within the limits of the planet.

Alcoa has reduced its global greenhouse gas emissions 44% since 1990 while doubling capacity.

In the last 10 years Alcoa has reduced process water use by 29% and landfill waste by 70%.

Aluminium is infinitely recyclable, and nearly 75% of all aluminium ever produced since 1888 is still in use today. Recycling aluminium uses 95% less energy and produces 95% less greenhouse gas emissions than making metal from new materials.

more about MBDC
MBDC is a global consulting and certification firm that helps clients create a positive footprint on the planet by implementing the Cradle to Cradle® framework. The framework is based on the book by internationally recognised architect/designer William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.

Cradle to Cradle Certification is an external certification process that can be applied across industries, from building materials to consumer products. Cradle to Cradle Consulting helps clients integrate the larger Cradle to Cradle® design framework to optimise product life cycles, organisational operations and decision-making.

In May, MBDC announced the transfer of the protocol for Cradle to Cradle Certification of products to the Green Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organisation based in California.

Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a certification mark of MBDC.

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