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Power Station Smelting aluminum demands large quantities of electrical power. Alcoa meets this need through a variety of strategies ranging from market contracts to hydropower projects and conventional power generation facilities like this one in Angelsea, Victoria, Australia. It supplies power for our Point Henry smelter nearby.
Mining and Rehabilitation Aluminum begins with bauxite ore, mined by Alcoa in Australia, Jamaica, Brazil, Africa, Suriname and other locations. Alcoa believes that after mining is finished, the land must be returned to its original state. Here, Alcoa workers in Australia are collecting native seed as part of a mine rehabilitation project.
Sustaining Success Alcoa Australia successfully re-establishes a self-sustaining jarrah forest on rehabilitated mine areas, such as this former mining area at the Huntly Mine. Alcoa Australia has created the richness of plant species equal to the surrounding forests - a strong example of Alcoa’s commitment to sustainable development.
Bauxite Land Reclamation Alcoa’s Poços de Caldas alumina refinery in Brazil reclaimed its bauxite residue area #3 in 2001 and transformed it into a 26-hectare (64 acres) rehabilitated area that supports 20,000 native trees, other vegetation, and animal life including birds, frogs and snakes.
Recycling Center Aluminum chips from the ingot plant in Székesfehérvár, Hungary are kept in storage bins such as these and then re-melted to use for Alcoa Wheel Products Europe.
Can Reclamation Alcoa's Can Reclamation facility in Tennessee recycles enough used beverage cans and other recyclables to produce 14 billion new cans a year.
Can Reclamation Alcoa ARP at Yennora is Australia's largest recycler of aluminium products, recycling about 70,000 tonnes per year, including 550 million cans. Around 80% of aluminium fabricated at Yennora is from recycled material. Recycling aluminium plays a critical role in addressing the global greenhouse gas challenge – it takes five percent of the energy required to recycle aluminium as it does to produce it.
Orca Whales Orca whales swim by our Intalco smelter in Ferndale, Washington. (photo by Basil von Ah/Center for Whale Research)
Reforestation Bauxite mining and reforestation, Western Australia.
Power Plant The Alcoa Warrick Power Plant reached a milestone when the first of four new scrubbers went online. The white plume you see is steam, a result of cleaning pollutants from the exhaust. The installation of scrubbers will result in significant reduction of emissions. All four units will be connected by the end of 2008. Once all four units are installed, the red and white chimneys will no longer be used.
Conservation A ground breaking environmental initiative of Alcoa and Greening Australia that will conserve, enhance and restore the flora and fauna of Point Henry won a prestigious national environmental award.
Hydropower Plant For the third consecutive year, the Barra Grande hydropower plant in Brazil was recognized for environmental excellence. Alcoa has a 42 percent share in the facility, which supplies power to its Alumar and Pocos de Caldas plants. (2009)