March 14, 2013

Alcoa receives Gold certification in the GHG Protocol Program


Classification for the second consecutive year shows the company’s effort to declare its emissions in a transparent way and renews its commitment to the issue

For the second consecutive year Alcoa Brasil has been awarded Gold certification by the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, relative to its 2011 emissions. The classification was given because of the company’s continuous improvement in managing data relating to its atmospheric emissions, and more specifically its greenhouse gases. In 2008 and 2009, Alcoa received Bronze and Silver certification for its actions, respectively.

All Alcoa locations in Brazil were audited by the Vanzolini Foundation, a nonprofit private entity, which is an international point of reference in prominent themes for private enterprises and public sector bodies and entities that are looking to achieve and maintain high performance standards. The Foundation ratified the gas emission figures that the company declared.

Alcoa was one of the first companies to participate in the group that encourages the preparation and publication of greenhouse gas emission inventories. A further 92 companies have been audited and have received certification corresponding to their performance in the year analyzed.

“This recognition shows the effort Alcoa makes to report its emissions to our stakeholders in a transparent and comprehensive way. Moreover, it serves as an important stimulus for continuing our search for alternative ways of reducing or eliminating these emissions," emphasizes Franklin L. Feder, Alcoa Regional CEO for Latin America & the Caribbean.

The emissions inventory for Alcoa Alumínio S.A., relative to 2011, is available on the GHG Protocol website:

Global Sustainability Strategy

The 2020 Global Sustainability Strategy was initially created in 2005 by a team comprising Alcoa employees/specialists, representing all the regions where the company has units. This strategy became a guide for the company’s business and its units and a means of integrating all aspects of sustainability in the day-to day operations of the company. For this reason 2005 is the base year for the whole strategy.

This structure contains long-term goals relating to environmental and social issues and short and long-term parameters, as established by the company’s leaders and specialists. These goals are quite aggressive and were defined to encourage the organization to think in a different way about how to improve its performance. Among these goals are the reduction in water and energy consumption, reusing and recycling solid waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2009, the new Global Sustainability Committee team revised the existing sustainability goals and objectives and developed a new set of goals to drive the progress of our units until 2020 and in some areas until 2030. These new goals were approved by our executives and business unit leaders at the beginning of 2010.

About the GHG Protocol

The Brazilian GHG Protocol Program was launched in 2008 with the aim of promoting the voluntary management of greenhouse gases by way of technical and institutional training for accounting and preparing inventories at the organizational level. The objective is to promote a permanent culture of preparing greenhouse gas emission inventories and publicizing information about emissions of the same in Brazil. The program also promotes the accounting, calculating and preparing of information reports about emissions based on the principles of relevance, completeness, consistency, transparency and accuracy.


About Alcoa


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