Québec’s product carbon footprint pilot project
In Québec, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products is made up of the Baie-Comeau, Bécancour and Deschambault smelters, as well as the Bécancour Rod Plant. These four plants, all of which are ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified, have an annual production capacity of more than one million metric tons of rolling ingots (produced mainly for rolling mills that manufacture aluminum wrap and auto body parts), T-ingots (made for casthouses that manufacture cast pieces for the automobile industry, among other), billets (made for extruders that manufacture parts for the transportation and construction industries), and aluminum rod for the transportation of electricity.
In addition to the aluminum production of Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products, Alcoa Canada operates processing plants serving industries such as aerospace (notably a plant in Laval, Québec), automotive and construction (including a distribution centre in the western part of Montréal).
In 2010, the primary aluminum produced by Alcoa received Silver Level Cradle to Cradle® certification from MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry). This multi-attribute certification assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment, as well as its design for future life cycles.
In 2012, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products will participate in the Québec Government’s product carbon footprint pilot project to assess the carbon content in the aluminum ingots manufactured in Québec.