August 08, 2013
Alcoa receives a Gold certificate from the GHG Protocol Program
Certification shows the company’s efforts to declare its emissions in a transparent way and renews its commitment to the theme
For the third consecutive year Alcoa Brasil has been awarded a Gold certificate in the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, relative to its emissions for 2012. The company received this classification because it is continuously improving the management of data relating to its atmospheric emissions, and more specifically its greenhouse gases. Alcoa was awarded Bronze and Silver certificates for its actions in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
All Alcoa locations in Brazil were audited by the Vanzolini Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization that is an international reference point in themes that are important to private companies and public sector organs and entities that are looking to achieve and maintain high performance standards. The Foundation ratified the gas emission values that had been declared.
Alcoa was one of the first companies to take part in the group that encourages the preparation and publication of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. A further 105 companies were audited and received certificates corresponding to the performance achieved in the year analyzed. During the annual Brazilian GHG Protocol Program event, which was held last Monday (08/05), Alcoa received recognition for its active participation in the Program since it started in 2008 and for the publication of its GHG inventories.
“We’re proud to receive this important certification once more, which shows the efforts Alcoa makes in declaring its emissions in a transparent and complete way to its stakeholders and renewing the company’s commitment to reduce its emissions year on year", stressed Franklin L. Feder, CEO of Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A.’s emissions inventory for 2012 is available on the GHG Protocol website: www.registropublicodeemissoes.com.br.
Global Sustainability Strategy
The 2020 Global Sustainability Strategy was initially created in 2005 by a team of 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 way of integrating all aspects of sustainability into the day-to-day operations of the company. This is why the year 2005 is the base year for the whole strategy.
This structure contains long-term targets related to environmental and social issues and short and long-term parameters that were established by the company’s leaders and specialists. These targets are very tough and were defined to encourage the organization to think in a different way about how to improve its performance. Among them are a reduction in water and energy consumption, the reuse and recycling of solid waste and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2009, the new Global Sustainability Committee team revised the existing sustainability targets and objectives and developed a new set of targets to drive the progress of our units until 2020 and until 2030 in some areas. These new targets 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 (GHG) by way of technical and institutional training on how to account for and prepare the inventories at the organizational level. The objective is to promote a permanent culture of preparing corporate GHG inventories and disclosing information about emissions in Brazil. The program also promotes the accounting, calculation and preparation of information reports about emissions, based on the principles of relevance, completeness, consistency, transparency and accuracy.
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