October 15, 2013

Alcoa releases its Québec sustainability report - Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products has improved its environmental performance and bolstered its commitment to the community while continuing to drive Québec’s provincial and regional economies.

Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) has released its Outlook on Sustainability 2012. The report is available for review and download at www.alcoa.com/canada.

The report highlights the business’ achievements over the past year in the areas of production, workplace, economic impact, community support and the environment. “Our commitment to sustainability is unwavering, and we’re proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2012,” explains GPP Canada president Martin Brière.
Highlights from the report include:
Electricity is essential to aluminum production, so energy efficiency is an ongoing priority for Alcoa. The Baie-Comeau Smelter joined GPP Canada’s two other smelters in becoming Elite member of Hydro-Québec’s Écolectrique network, which is made up of the province’s industrial energy efficiency leaders.
Alcoa was the first company to sign the voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reduction agreement with the Government of Québec in 2002. Our 2012 emissions were 32% lower than those recorded in that baseline year. We also recycled 100% of spent pot linings produced in 2012.
Last year the Alcoa Sustainable Communities Fund, which totals $25 million over 25 years, created three Funds—one for each smelter.
We pursued our continuing commitment to the communities where our employees live and work, and Alcoa Foundation distributed $725,000 to some 30 Québec organizations working mainly in the areas of the environment and education.
With more than 3,000 employees and economic impact topping $1.5 billion, GPP Canada plays an essential role in Québec’s provincial and regional economies. We continuously strive to improve our performance by focusing on knowledge, R&D and partnerships.
As a founding member of Alcoa Innovation, we joined forces with several partners to create the Québec Aluminum Industrial Cluster, which aims to double the amount of aluminum transformed into products locally within the next 10 years.
“These are just a few examples of how sustainability is ingrained in our everyday operations,” adds Brière. “Our Sustainability Advisory Committee welcomes comments and suggestions from the community because the more people involved, the more meaningful the process of sustainability becomes.”
About Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products
In Québec, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) comprises the Baie-Comeau, Deschambault, and Bécancour smelters, as well as the Bécancour Rod Plant. These four plants have an annual production capacity of over one million metric tons of ingots, castings, billets, and aluminum rods. Alcoa has more than 3,100 employees in Québec, and its activities generate nearly $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually in the province. Further information is available at www.alcoa.com/canada.
About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa Innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics, and industrial markets over the past 125 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 years, and 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa, and follow Alcoa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.  

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