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Aluminium strives to be climate neutral
 
Alcoa continues to lead the aluminium industry’s efforts to make aluminium climate neutral.  We also continue to embrace being part of the public debate around carbon trading and energy security.
 
As such, the company has welcomed Professor Ross Garnaut’s report and acknowledged its role in shaping the future direction of Australia’s response to the climate change challenge.
 
Having taken a voluntary global leadership position on addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,  Alcoa  remains committed to achieving this in Australia through energy efficiency, productivity improvements and technological innovation.
 
We are constantly working to reduce our environmental footprint and have recently developed new carbon capture technology which delivers significant greenhouse benefits by locking up carbon dioxide which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.
 
The carbon capture system in operation at the Kwinana refinery locks up 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, a figure equivalent to taking 17,000 cars off the road.  We plan to deploy this technology across our Australian operations which is the equivalent to taking 75,000 cars off the road.
 
Alcoa and Alinta have also partnered to build environmentally-friendly cogeneration power plants at Alcoa’s Pinjarra and Wagerup refineries which are currently saving around 450,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
 
We are the largest recycler of aluminium in Australia, recycling 72,000 tonnes of aluminium each year.  Indeed, figures show that recycling and the use of aluminium in transport have the potential to make aluminium climate neutral by 2020.


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