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2013


Our participation recognized at the BNQ 21000 gala
As part of its responsible procurement initiatives, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products has supported the BNQ 21000 project for a number of years.
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Notable visitors
During maintenance work at the Baie-Comeau Smelter’s port facilities, which was completed in the fall of 2012, Alcoa took care to protect the local whale population by halting work whenever these impressive creatures were spotted approaching the pier.
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Our suppliers: Partners in environmental conservation
On March 7 and 9, 2013, our suppliers were offered two half-day training sessions on waste management, the fruit of a collaboration between various sectors of the Bécancour and Baie-Comeau Smelters, and partnerships with community organizations. At each session, participants received advice and were taken on a tour of a maintenance workshop.
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Anode effects: Exceptional performance at Deschambault

The first quarter of 2012 saw the Deschambault Smelter achieving its best-ever performance in terms of anode effects and CO2 emissions with an average decline of 37% compared to the same period in each of the past eight years.
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2012


PEEC: 10 successful years with Alcoa Foundation’s support
This great story began in 2001 when Alcoa Foundation lent its support to a unique project in Quebec and Canada: the Program in Environmental Education and Citizenship (PEEC). This program encourages youngsters and adults to tackle real problems in their world through research action, the PEEC’s favored educational approach.
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Alcoa Innovation supports the growth of Quebec aluminum expertise
Alcoa Canada created Alcoa Innovation in 2008, in collaboration with the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and the Centre québécois de recherche et développement de l’aluminium (CQRDA).
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New development program for Alcoa in Quebec
On November 7, 2011, Alcoa announced the approval of the next phase of a five-year, $2.1 billion investment plan for its Baie-Comeau, Deschambault and Bécancour smelters. In addition to increasing the company’s production capacity by 120,000 metric tons per year and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the new investment plan will move the Quebec smelters down the global aluminum cost curve by 13%, contributing to Alcoa’s goal of achieving an overall 10-point improvement.
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Baie-Comeau Smelter achieves Elite level of Écolectrique network
The day the Baie-Comeau Smelter was inducted into Hydro-Québec’s Écolectrique network in June 2011, its General Manager, Luke Tremblay, set the next target: achieving Elite level. With this, the facility would join a select group that already included the Bécancour and Deschambault smelters. Within a year, Baie-Comeau had reached its goal!
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Ergonomic initiatives at the Bécancour Smelter
Year after year, we look for ways to reduce and control the ergonomic risks in our work environment.
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Ergonomics: a priority at Alcoa’s Baie-Comeau Smelter
In a spirit of continuous improvement, we are refining a number of the tasks performed by our employees to ensure their wellbeing and decrease the risk of incidents.
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2011


Canadian Smelters Increase Recycled Spent Pot Lining to 90%
Lacking options in the Quebec region to recycle spent pot lining, Alcoa’s three Canadian smelters sourced alternatives in the United States and Germany that increased the amount of SPL they recycled to 90% in 2010 while saving US$2 million in costs.
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Mapping Serious Accidents
An exercise to map the risks of accidents at the Baie-Comeau Smelter was held on May 18 and 19, 2010.
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Responsible Procurement Pilot Project: Over 80 Suppliers Assessed
In May 2009, we launched a pilot project to evaluate the sustainability performance of our suppliers, in collaboration with the Procurement and Environment teams. Since, 82 Quebec-based suppliers have been assessed.
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Alcoa and the Manicouagan–Uapishka Biosphere Reserve (RMBMU) present their model of a fruitful partnership at UNESCO
Representatives of the Baie-Comeau aluminum smelter and the Manicouagan–Uapishka Biosphere Reserve (RMBMU) were invited to UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris to take part in a meeting of experts focused on metallurgical activities conducted on the territories of the Biosphere Reserves. The meeting was held last February 15 as part of the activities of the Ecological Sciences Division of the Man and Biosphere Program.
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2010


2,000 volunteers in ACTION in our region during Alcoa’s Worldwide Month of Service
During the weekend of October 2, 3 and 4, 2009, a total of 10 volunteer initiatives were carried out by Alcoa employees in different communities across Canada and in Iceland. Together, roughly 300 volunteers offered over 1,000 hours of their time to support ten not-for-profit organizations. And Alcoa’s Month of Service, which is held every month of October, has only just begun.
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Alcoa 2009 Worldwide Month of Service: Alcoa employees rally in record numbers for their communities
On International Volunteer Day, Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld congratulated the record 23,000 Alcoa employees who took part in the company’s 2009 Worldwide Month of Service – volunteering in 800 community events to support those in need and invest in the sustainability of our planet.
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Alcoa Canada Primary Products fosters success of volunteer grassroots Think Climate initiative
Alcoa Canada Primary Products has been a strategic partner since 2008 of a group of volunteers aiming to increase awareness, inform and mobilize Quebecers to immediately reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Think Climate© initiative offers a number of tools to help fulfil its mission, including free lectures, a website and a public declaration.
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Alcoa joins Earth Day efforts to help out the planet!
For the eighth consecutive year, Alcoa has joined Earth Day to help out the planet. The team behind Earth Day encourages us to work together to create a new, green society. Alcoa contributes by improving the environmental performance of its facilities and through a variety of partnerships.

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Anna and Alcoa Foundation: the story continues
Living with someone suffering from mental health issues is enormously challenging, especially for children. This is the reason behind a partnership created in 2003 thanks to the Bécancour Smelter: the partnership between Anna and Alcoa Foundation.
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Three volunteer teams, one cause: Operation Red Nose
On December 18, 2009 roughly 100 Alcoa volunteers and members of their families responded to over 215 requests for a safe ride home in three regions of Québec where Alcoa is present, namely Baie-Comeau, Bécancour and the Portneuf area.
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Alcoa in the Olympic spirit
Alcoa Innovation proudly teamed up with Speed Skating Canada and the Centre de formation professionnelle Qualitech in Trois-Rivières to support and encourage our athletes during the Vancouver Olympic Games.
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Projects to reduce ergonomic risks - Deschambault Smelter
We are constantly seeking to improve how we perform our tasks and control risks in all of our facilities.
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The Alcoa Advantage: a new regional operational plan sees the light of day
Plato once said that necessity is the mother of invention. But you don’t need to go that far back to ascertain that the extreme economic conditions prevailing over the last year have forced us to completely rethink our way of operating. And to innovate!
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Projects to reduce ergonomic risks - Bécancour Rod Plant
We are constantly seeking to improve how we perform our tasks and control risks in all of our facilities.
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Projects to reduce ergonomic risks - Bécancour Smelter
We are constantly seeking to improve how we perform our tasks and control risks in all of our facilities.
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Alcoa and the Musée de la civilisation visit schools - A trip through time for 600 youngsters... and it’s not over!
In support of the educational objectives of the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (Quebec City museum of civilisation), Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have provided financial support since 2006 to Trésors de familles : le Patrimoine à l’école (Family Treasures: Heritage at School).
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Interactive play on sustainability
The concept of sustainability is often misunderstood, overused or appropriated, and sometimes causes conflict between parties with strong opposing positions that could be reconciled if each better understood the concept and its impact on the community, if each were better informed and equipped, and if a dialog took place between elected officials, socio-economic advocates and the public. In light of this dilemma, Alcoa Canada Primary Products invited Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec (RNCREQ), a group of regional environmental councils, to commission an interactive play on the topic of sustainability.
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Alcoa Canada Primary Products wins a CIPEC Leadership Award
Ten companies that are working at the forefront of an industrial energy efficiency revolution were honoured at the CIPEC Leadership Awards on November 24. This signature event of the Energy 2009 conference was attended by more than 400 industry leaders.
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At Alcoa, best practices lead to energy efficiency
Optimal energy use is an ongoing priority in the aluminum sector. In fact, depending on geographical location and techniques employed, energy can represent 30-35% of the total cost of manufacturing this light and versatile metal.
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ICI ON RECYCLE, Performance level, and special mentions from the ministry
You may be familiar with the ICI ON RECYCLE program, created by RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2003 to encourage ICI – industry, commercial enterprises and institutions – to responsibly manage their waste. This program offers three levels of recognition to help drive the progress of participating organizations.
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Impressive reduction in water consumption at Baie-Comeau
The raw water that enters the plant is used either in the process, mainly in the Casthouse, or treated to be used as potable water for the various departments and for drinking. Raw water consumption in 2009 was 57% lower than in 2005, that is nearly one million cubic meters less – a major reduction to say the least!
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Optimizing water use at the Bécancour Rod Plant: lower consumption = less wastewater = lower costs!
By automating the blow-off at the Bécancour Rod Plant’s casting pool, we reduced the amount of wastewater at the outflow by 50%. But that’s not all because less wastewater also means a smaller overall intake of water and savings in water treatment costs, both upstream and downstream of our process.
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A tailor-made hammer improves health and safety – and productivity
With Söderberg technology, one of the key elements of a strong performance is stability of the anode.
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Consolidating our activities around best practices
In 2009, we adopted an approach aimed at better harmonizing our tools and best practices. By sharing our knowledge, ideas and strengths and by combining our efforts, we are in a strong position to face our ongoing health and safety challenges. In support of our initiatives, our regional organizational plan enabled us to deploy and complete some 20 projects to optimize our tools and prevention activities.
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Keops, the key to lockout at the Rod Plant
Without fanfare or fuss, the Keops lockout software system was efficiently installed by the team in charge of this safety procedure at the Bécancour Rod Plant (UTB). They were assisted by the Alcoa lockout team.
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AlcoaLearn: a new training system
Over the last few years, developing our people has been identified as an important factor in attracting talent to our organization and retaining our in-house expertise.
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Alloy of Talents: Teamwork at the heart of success
 On April 22 and 23, the winning teams of the Alloy of Talents competition gathered at the bucolic Manoir Saint-Castin of Lac-Beauport near Quebec City to ex¬change their success stories with their colleagues from Baie-Comeau, Deschambault, Bécancour, Montréal, and Lake Charles.

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2009


Success snowballs for Environmental Education Project
Since 2002, the Alcoa Foundation has been supporting the Environmental Education and Citizenship (EEC) project in Québec and elsewhere in Canada. The project has now spread beyond the Canadian border, to be exported to Chile and Israel. The person in charge of the program is Claude Poudrier, an expert in EEC.
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Défi, on recycle, learning through example
Since 2008, small and medium-sized businesses in the Nicolet-Yamaska and Bécancour regional county municipalities have benefited from a free coaching service by taking part in the Défi, on recyle (Recycling Challenge) program.
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Aluminum Innovates at Home
Alcoa Canada launched a design competition on April 16 under the theme, Aluminum Innovates at Home. The goal was to foster the ecologically responsible use of aluminum while showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of Quebec’s industrial designers. 
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No less than 116 risks of fall avoided at Electrolysis
In 2006, a budget of $1.8 million was approved to modify the eight service machines at Electrolysis (MSE) at the Deschambault Smelter to help prevent the risk of falls which, due to the proximity of molten metal, could be fatal.
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Aluminum Innovates at Home
Alcoa Canada launched a design competition on April 16 under the theme, Aluminum Innovates at Home.  The goal was to foster the ecologically responsible use of aluminum while showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of Quebec’s industrial designers. 
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2008


Better protection at the Bécancour Rod Plant
In a spirit of continuous improvement, occupational health and safety (OH&S) requirements have evolved over the years in the aluminium sector.  The Bécancour Rod Plant, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2007, has done the same.  In this same spirit, it recently modified some of its machines to better protect employees.
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Controlling beryllium: it’s in the bag!
The residues from the electrolytic bath are crushed and bagged so they can be reused.  Although an excellent example of reuse, this process does involve some health risks.
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Ensuring that safety instructions are carefully followed
You have worked with your team to identify the major safety risks, you have found the appropriate corrective measures, you put everything in place to ensure they are quickly applied and you, of course, expect that these essential safety instructions will be followed.  Congratulations!  But what if they aren’t? Or if they are, but only some of the time?  What then?
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Improving the control and management of assisted ventilation breathing apparatus maintenance through outsourcing
Workers in several sectors of the Baie-Comeau Smelter have to protect themselves from dust, gases and other potentially dangerous substances by wearing an assisted ventilation breathing apparatus, commonly known as a Racal.  These devices must be carefully maintained to ensure they are working properly and providing optimal protection.  
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Leader in qualifying protective clothing and equipment
Although Alcoa’s priority is to eliminate the risk of accidents and their resulting injuries at the source, protective clothing and equipment always have a role to play in dealing with the unexpected.  As a result, protective clothing and equipment at Alcoa Canada Primary Products must comply with a number of rigorous standards to ensure the safety and well-being of employees at all times.
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Phasing out pressurized containers
Molten metal and pressurized containers (tanks, cans and others) are just not a good mix.  Any pressurized container submerged into an environment as hot as molten metal would become a bomb.  However, since a number of products essential to our operations are found in this form, eliminating pressurized containers is easier said than done.
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A birthday, that’s something to celebrate with the community!
In 2006, when it marked its 20th year in operation with a big splash, the Bécancour Smelter (ABI) started the ball rolling on a series of events to celebrate the anniversaries of the founding of Alcoa Canada Primary Metals plants. In 2007, together with our employees, families, friends and neighbors, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Baie-Comeau Smelter as well as the 15th anniversary of the Deschambault Smelter and the Bécancour Rod Plant.
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ACTION at Baie-Comeau schools
At the Baie-Comeau Smelter, volunteering is not only contagious but induces an uncontrollable desire to do it over and over again.
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Building bridges between the generations
During the meeting of employees who participated in Worldwide Month of Service activities in 2007, our talented volunteers commented that seniors rarely benefit from ACTION programs.  This stems from the fact that the residences where they live are owned by private concerns and are not eligible for Alcoa Foundation grants.
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Inspiration, a renewable resource
The Bécancour Smelter (ABI) has always maintained as one of its priorities to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.  In 2007, it met Alcoa’s ambitious corporate target – to reduce landfilled waste by 50% in 2007 compared to the base year of 2000.  This achievement speaks volume about its commitment, as does its certification under the program ICI ON RECYLCE! (Here we recycle) of RECYC-QUÉBEC.
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Promoting equal opportunity
The Women’s Network of Alcoa Canada Primary Metals is one of the local chapters of this international initiative launched by Alcoa to contribute to the development and advancement of women leaders within the organization.  In Quebec, the network is made up of close to 40 women from every facility, where they assume roles of varying responsibility.
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Sustainability Advisory Committee Helps Alcoa Meet Expectations of Canadian Society
In Quebec, Canada, a sustainability committee is advising Alcoa’s Primary Metals Canada operations on how best to integrate sustainability to meet the expectations of society.
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Deschambault gets Triple Crown for corporate auditing
All of Alcoa’s major facilities must regularly undergo a corporate audit.  In 2007, the Deschambault Smelter was the first Alcoa Canada Primary Metals plant to receive a score of “excellent” in all of the audit’s three components, garnering it a Triple Crown trophy.
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Sustainability advisory committee helps Alcoa meet expectations of Canadian society
In Quebec, Canada, a sustainability committee is advising Alcoa’s Primary Metals Canada operations on how best to integrate sustainability to meet the expectations of society.
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Alcoa Center of Excellence sparks international exchange
From its base in Québec, the Center of Excellence ensures that the expertise and know-how of the employees of the Baie-Comeau, Bécancour and Deschambault smelters are shared with their colleagues around the world.
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Alcoa supports mentorship for North Shore entrepreneurs
In partnership with the Centre local de développement de Manicouagan, Alcoa Canada Primary Metals has helped create a mentoring service to assist young companies in the region to reach the crucial five-year mark.
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Céddi-Al 2007: aluminum the order of the day
The Baie-Comeau Smelter joined the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, the City of Baie-Comeau, the Manicouagan Chambre of Commerce, the Centre de développement de Manicouagan, the Service d’actions entrepreneuriales Manicouagan and Entrepac to present the first Québec edition of the Conférence sur l’énergie et le développement durable dans l’industrie de l’aluminium (Céddi-Al).
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The secret to the successful start-up of Fjarðaál and Møsjoen: Deschambault
How do you supply world-class green anodes and baked anodes to Norway and Iceland when regular production barely meets internal demand?  You have to plan, ensure flawless execution, and have an outstanding team not only in the paste plant and the baking furnace, but all throughout the smelter. 
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Two students at the Alcoa Technical Center (ATC)
ATC: an outstanding R&D experience
By Sébastien Bolduc
Master’s Student
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
 
Summer at the ATC
By Jayson Tessier
Doctoral Student, Laval University
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A noteworthy performance in GHG emission reduction
In 2002, Alcoa Canada Primary Metals was the first corporation to sign a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction agreement with the Government of Quebec.  This five-year agreement fixed specific reduction targets and required compensation to be paid if the targets were not reached.
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Alcoa takes active part in the PRRI
The Programme de Réduction des Rejets Industriels (PRRI) (Industrial Waste Reduction Program) of Quebec’s Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs aims to gradually reduce industrial waste.  This strategy targets some 250-300 companies in the industrial sector whose discharge of contaminants can have a potentially significant impact on the surrounding area.
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Extending pot life to reduce waste
A series of initiatives at the Deschambault Smelter resulted in the development of a new technology to extend the life cycle of pots.  This innovation, which has also been adopted in Australia, Iceland and the United States, received a 2008 Alcoa Impact Award for North America.
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Fluorides: landmark results at the Deschambault Smelter
Despite increasing production, the Deschambault Smelter achieved its lowest fluoride emissions ever in 2007: 0.26 kg F/t Al compared to an annual average of 0.32 kg F/t Al over the last few years.  Emissions are measured in two locations, at the scrubbers and at the roof vents, and measures have been specifically adopted in both places to achieve this strong performance.
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Optimizing every kWh, the way into Hydro-Quebec’s Écolectrique network
Electricity is more than just a raw material needed to manufacture aluminium.  It is also a precious resource.  Since every kWh saved can be used to produce a bit more aluminium, it is in our best interest to be extremely vigilant.
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Recycling and reuse of waste – two major priorities
For many years, all four plants of Alcoa Canada Primary Metals have been certified under ICI ON RECYCLE! (Here we recycle!).  This program, operated by the government corporation of RECYC-QUÉBEC, recognizes corporations, businesses and institutions that achieve certain reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling objectives for containers, packaging, materials or products, and that promote reuse with a view to resource conservation.
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The ABS approach to better environmental compliance
New, stricter regulations will be going into effect in 2010 for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) emissions – contaminants produced during the combustion of organic matter.  In anticipation of these harsher requirements and to ensure compliance, the Baie-Comeau Smelter applied ABS (Alcoa Business Systems) tools such as visual management and the standardization of work methods to reduce emissions at its Söderberg potrooms.
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The Deschambault Smelter’s facilities at the Port of Trois-Rivières
The main raw materials used by the Deschambault Smelter – alumina, coke and petroleum – arrive by ship at the Port of Trois-Rivières.  Storage capacity is 75,000 metric tons for alumina and 20,000 metric tons for coke and petroleum. 
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Impact Awards 2008: Quebec rakes in the honours!
Of the 220 project presented at this year’s Impact Awards, an Alcoa jury – which included Pascal Cléry, General Manager of the Bécancour Smelter – narrowed the list down to 12 finalists (two per category).
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Training at the Bécancour Rod Plant: An example of our commitment to Iceland
Here at the Bécancour Rod Plant, we had the opportunity to train eight of our colleagues from Iceland on how to operate the Properzi rod machine.
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The Alcoa Team Builds with its People in Québec! Its employees devoted over 800 hours to volunteer services.
In the framework of the Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service, roughly 200 employees from the various Alcoa Canada facilities decided to join forces and to serve their community as volunteers by actively participating in the improvement of the installations of different non-profit organizations.
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2007


Centraide: Alcoa practically doubles its donation
Every year, Centraide, an umbrella charitable organization, runs one of the most important fund-raising campaigns in Quebec, and redistributes the money it raises to hundreds of non-profit organizations that help people in need.
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Giving Dreams Flight
Thank to volunteers from Alcoa Baie-Comeau, cadets of Escadron 654 Baie-Comeau are flying high.
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Customers: a priority at Baie-Comeau
In 2006, the Customer Relations team at Baie-Comeau set its sites on improving customer service at the aluminum smelter and foundry.
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Reliability: a question of joint custody!
What should be done to ensure that the machinery in an aluminum smelter is carefully operated and meticulously maintained to increase its operating time and useful life?
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STAS-Alcoa: partners in innovation
With technological advances becoming more complex and far-reaching, companies do not always have the financial resources or the expertise needed to go it alone in the area of research and development. 
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A new life for by-products
The Bécancour smelter has always thought that the waste it generates can be reused.  This belief has been held since plant start-up, as was apparent from its early purchase of a building to store process wastes until a new use or recycling solutions could be found.
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Better water management
In 2006, the Baie-Comeau aluminum smelter acquired a new flow meter that enabled it to precisely measure its water consumption. Previously, the plant had relied on estimates made by its water supplier, but had noted discrepancies between these estimates and its own calculations.
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Daily management of scrubbers in the Electrolysis sector
The Air Environment team at the Deschambault aluminum smelter has developed a highly effective tool for optimally managing fluoride emissions at the scrubbers in the Electrolysis sector.
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Energy efficiency: always part of the program
In its Policy on Energy Efficiency, Alcoa Canada Primary Metals declares its commitment to optimizing energy use in its facilities and promoting conservation among its employees and partners.
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Innovation for capital expenditures
All of the major capital expenditures at Alcoa are subject to a rigorous evaluation process that takes into account their impact on the environment and health and safety.  This so-called PESHER, for Project Environment, Safety and Health Review, is based on compliance with U.S. regulations, where the program was originally developed. 
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Learning about energy while having fun
In a Canadian city economically centered on energy-intensive industries, 475 local children learned about energy and energy consumption through a fun and interactive Alcoa-sponsored program called Kilojoue.
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Optimization and reuse in the Electrolysis sector
As part of a project to optimize the electrolysis process, the Deschambault aluminum smelter removed almost 300 metric tons of carbon dust from its pots. Carbon dust, which is considered a hazardous waste, is formed when small quantities of carbon fall into the electrolysis bath when anodes are being replaced.
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Replacing pot hoods in the Electrolysis sector
A curved electrolytic pot hood has two marked advantages relative to a flat one. First, it is more solid, and thus less likely to be damaged in the potline. Secondly – and this is environmentally significant – it is more air tight and accordingly reduces fluoride emissions.
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System update to meet new requirements
New and stricter environmental requirements for wastewater have been in place at the Bécancour Rod Plant since June 2006.  The requirements apply to suspended particles, chlorides, oxidants and aluminum.  New requirements for measurement tools and frequency were also implemented.
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Testing hybrid pitch at the Söderberg pots
To meet future government environmental standards, the Baie-Comeau aluminum smelter is working on reducing its polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emissions, which are produced during the combustion of briquettes in the anodes of the Söderberg pots. 
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Better ventilation improves health and safety
Good ventilation in a plant is a question of balance between the air that goes out and the air that comes in from the outside.  This stability contributes not only to the well-being of employees but also to the more efficient management of some aspects of production.  A number of projects were carried out recently to correct the situation in some sectors of the Bécancour Rod Plant.
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Daily management: at the heart of Baie-Comeau’s efficiency
At the Baie-Comeau smelter, quality management is a daily affair.  The strong presence of managers in various sectors of the plant is one indication. 
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Ergonomic improvements to bridge cranes
From the moment that the operation of bridge cranes was identified as one of the ten highest ergonomic risks to occupational health and safety (OHS) at the Baie-Comeau aluminum smelter, a multidisciplinary team set to work. The team was made up of ergonomics and health and safety leaders, representatives of the labour union and from engineering services, and four crane operators. The team quickly applied its collective pool of expertise to developing a prototype of a more user-friendly workstation.
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Managers get involved with workplace health and safety
Thanks to the program of daily health and safety visits (HSV) by managers, office workers at the Bécancour aluminum smelter play an important role in the plant's workplace health and safety.
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Protecting employees from beryllium
The Baie-Comeau and Bécancour aluminum smelters have implemented special measures to protect all employees from the dangers of beryllium exposure. This element, contained in alumina, accumulates and concentrates in the electrolytic bath of pots during aluminum production. The bath residues are eventually ground up for reuse. It is at this stage that beryllium becomes a health and safety issue, because inhaling this dust may lead to berylliosis, a serious lung disease.
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Protection against falls: a priority at Deschambault
The people responsible for health and safety at the Deschambault Smelter focus on continuous improvement of practices to ensure the well-being of all workers.  Preventing falls is one of the key issues they are looking at in several areas of the plant. 
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Reduced noise exposure at Deschambault
An aluminum smelter can be a noisy work environment and measures must be taken to protect employees from the negative effects of exposure to too many decibels.
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Safety: a priority at the homogenization furnace in the Bécancour aluminum smelter
Since becoming operational, the new homogenization furnace at the Bécancour smelter has been equipped with a number of safety devices to protect workers. The plant's multidisciplinary team charged with carrying out the risk analysis before the furnace was built established a fundamental rule: zero access to the danger zone.
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2007 ABS Conference: hats off to innovation
The second edition of the ABS Conference has illustrated, once again, the ingenuity of the people at Alcoa Canada when they tackle the issue of quality.
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Alcoa Canada Primary Metals: open to the world
The activities of the Alcoa Canada Primary Metals team extend well beyond the borders of Québec and even Canada. Thanks to projects in Iceland, Norway and elsewhere in the world, our experts share their best practices on a global scale.
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Much appreciated training in the electrolysis sector
To ensure the updating of technical skills in the electrolysis sector at the Deschambault aluminum smelter, two operators and a group of technicians have developed a four-module training program with the help of a consultant in education.
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The Alcoa Women's Network: for better leadership
Some 30 women who work for Alcoa in various regions of Quebec, and who are at various stages of their careers, meet each year to deal with a current issue of particular concern to them.
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