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alcoa beats carbon reduction target
Alcoa has released its global 2010 Sustainability Report showing a significant reduction in our carbon footprint, exceeding our 2020 carbon reduction goal.

The report examines the global business’ progress on the sustainability of its products, resources and operations. Read the full report at www.alcoa.com.au/sustainability.

“At Alcoa, we take a long-term approach to sustainability,” said Kevin Anton, Alcoa’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

“In 2010, we took our efforts to a new level with the creation of the chief sustainability officer position and a renewed focus on the development of a comprehensive sustainability strategy. We implemented a new set of strategic sustainability targets to drive progress in our businesses to 2020 and beyond, and developed a scorecard to align our sustainability targets across each of our businesses.”

One of the significant achievements in 2010 included the reduction in the greenhouse gas footprint of our global operations. The Global Primary Products group (of which Alcoa of Australia is a part) lowered its CO2 intensity by 7% over 2009 levels and achieved a 22% reduction over 2005 levels, exceeding the company’s 2020 goal of a 20% reduction. These reductions are the result of strategic efforts including quickly sharing best practices to reduce process emissions and driving energy efficiency at every location. Read all the key highlights.

In Australia, since 1990, our smelters in Victoria (Point Henry and Portland) have achieved a direct greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 66% per metric tonne of aluminium produced.

In the same time period, the WA alumina refineries (Kwinana, Pinjarrra and Wagerup) achieved a reduction of more than 23% per metric tonne of alumina produced, while the rolled products plants (Point Henry and Yennora in NSW) realised a reduction of 14% per metric tonne of processed aluminium.

Read the Alcoa of Australia specific section within the global report.

point henry’s $12 million environmental upgrade
The $16 million upgrade of our Point Henry smelter’s Green Mill Fume Collection and Treatment System is on track for completion this year.

Using coke fines, the system will collect and filter out all the emissions (principally from coal tar pitch fumes) from the green mill component of the aluminium-making process. The coke fines are then used in the smelting process.

“This system will play an important role in continuing to reduce emissions as well as helping to ensure we stay a globally competitive environmental benchmark smelter,” Point Henry Operations Manager Stewart Esdale said. 

This upgrade is one of two significant environmental upgrades underway at Point Henry. The $44 million sulphur dioxide environment project is due for completion in 2013.

Portland Aluminium’s Green Mill System became fully operational in 2010.

board visits australia
The Alcoa Board of Directors visited Alcoa’s Western Australia operations this month. While CEO Klaus Kleinfeld has visited our Australian operations several times, this is the first time the Board has travelled here in its entirety since 1998.

Over two days, the Directors visited the Huntly bauxite mine near Dwellingup and the Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries in the Peel region.

Alcoa of Australia also hosted a dinner at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, attended by state and local government representatives, business and community partners and Alcoa’s WA leadership team. Mr Kleinfeld thanked our valued local stakeholders for their long-running support of Alcoa in the Peel and South-West regions.

“Our success in Australia is dependent on the support of the local communities where we operate. We operate in partnership with the local community, in every community where we operate around the world. We know for our business to be successful, continuous dialogue and engagement with the community are critical,” Mr Kleinfeld told guests.

“I am very grateful for the support we’ve been shown, and we share your goal of building stronger more sustainable communities for the future.”

Mr Kleinfeld also talked about the positive future outlook for aluminium driven by a growing global population and urbanisation.

“Aluminium's light weight, durability, endless recyclability and high conductivity position it as a true ‘miracle metal’ that can meet the demands of a new world.

“The world is experiencing fundamental shifts that will shape the next 50 years. We will experience changes in all aspects of life – where we live, what we consume, how we travel. These trends are driving worldwide growth and demand for aluminium.”

The result will be expanding opportunities for those who are quick to innovate, which Kleinfeld calls “a major sustainable advantage” for Alcoa.

“By understanding our customers and our customers’ customers, we are constantly creating value-added solutions,” he said.

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The Alcoa Board visited WA this month - scroll down for full details

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Point Henry potrooms

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Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld at Huntly Mine, during his visit to WA this month

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Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld (second from right) with Managing Director Alan Cransberg and Wagerup employees

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Manager of Mines Bill Knight shows CEO Klaus Kleinfeld and Directors our award winning mine site rehabilitation

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CEO Klaus Kleinfeld with Managing Director Alan Cransberg and staff from Pinjarra Refinery

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The Board of Directors experienced an Aboriginal dance performance at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre