July 31, 2013
Alumar is the highlight at the Benchmarking Brasil Award
Alumar is a benchmark in environmental management, according to the Brazilian institute, Mais Projetos, Gestão e Capacitação Socioambiental [More Projects, Management and Socio-Environmental Training]. The Consortium received the Environmental Benchmarking Prize, with its case “Reduction in the water footprint by way of a sustainable partnership between companies for the use of industrial effluent in the production process”. Thirty cases competed and Alumar won first prize.
The Alumar project is for reusing part of the effluent treated by Ambev, which used to be discarded into the Pedrinhas River. The water is pumped to a sedimentation pond in the Refinery plant, which reuses around 3,100m³ liters of the effluent. In this way the Consortium is not taking underground water and is reusing part of what Ambev would normally have discarded into the river. In December 2012, the plant economized more than 2,100m³ liters of underground water a day, which is an important environmental gain for Alumar.
The Environmental Benchmarking Prize recognizes and certifies environmental initiatives developed by companies from different segments in Brazil. The Institute develops programs that focus on awareness-raising, education and organizational knowledge.
For Alumar’s director, Nilson Ferraz, the prize represents the great commitment of everybody to environmental issues. “This is a triumph for all employees of the Consortium. It’s an honor to receive a prize that ratifies the responsible way in which the company operates in caring for the environment and the communities where we’re located”, emphasized Nilson.
Representing Alumar at the award ceremony that took place in São Paulo on July 1 were engineer, Adonay Souza, and processing technician and pond designer, Alenilton Silva, and as representatives of Alcoa, the Sustainability Manager, Fábio Abdala, Sustainability Analyst, Guilherme Pescim and intern, Mariana Oliveira.
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 is present in Latin America and the Caribbean 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 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil