February 21, 2013
Alcoa arranges the planting of 55,775 trees
Alcoa planted 55,775 trees in the locations in which it operates in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2012. The initiative is part of the Ten Million Trees program, which was launched by Alcoa Inc. on World Environment Day in 2003. The aim of the action is to plant ten million saplings by 2020, equivalent to absorbing 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. For Brazil, the goal is 2,534,000 saplings. The initiative, which promotes awareness and environmental education, involves company employees, communities, suppliers and customers, worldwide. The Ten Million Trees program originated from the One Million Trees program, also created by Alcoa Inc. in 1998, whose goal of one million saplings planted in ten years was accomplished in half the time. Between 1998 and 2012, Alcoa planted 1,039,633 trees in Brazil.
Numbers in the locations:
- In São Luís (MA), between 1998 and 2012, 480,041 trees were planted, the target being 1,000,000;
- In Poços de Caldas (MG), between 1998 and 2012, 365,446 trees were planted, the target being 956,000;
- In Juruti (PA), between 2009 and 2012, 39,121 trees were planted, the target being 400,000;
- In Itapissuma, between 1998 and 2012, 44,442 trees were planted, the target being 80,000;
- In Santo André (SP), between 1998 and 2012, 27,421 trees were planted, the target being 39,000;
- In Tubarão, between 1998 and 2012, 23,987 trees were planted, the target being 27,000;
- In São Paulo, between 1998 and 2012, 9,187 trees were planted, the target being 20,000.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa has been in Latin America and the Caribbean since the end of the 50’s where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2011, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,5 billion in Brazil. In 2012 it was considered a benchmark in sustainability and was one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br.