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September 17, 2007

Alcoa Publishes New Sustainability Reports for Australia and Jamaica

PITTSBURGH--Alcoa announced today that it has published new sustainability reports from its Australia and Jamaica locations. Each report details the efforts the two regions have taken to achieve all facets of sustainability. The reports are available at

Following are some highlights from the reports:

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  • Australia’s Pinjarra refinery upgrade completed in 2006 included the installation of new emissions control mechanisms using best-practice technology, resulting in improved environmental performance, reduced emissions and an increase in alumina production capacity. The equivalent of 1,500 full-time jobs were created during the construction period.
  • Setting a new benchmark for the global alumina industry, Alcoa of Australia developed an innovative carbon capture technology that locks up carbon dioxide by mixing it with bauxite residue, a waste from the alumina-refining process. The first carbon capture plant is now fully operational at Australia’s Kwinana refinery and there are plans underway to roll out this technology at other locations in Australia and around the world.
  • The Make an Impact program was initiated in 2006. This program, developed with funding from Alcoa Foundation, aims to support employees’ environmental commitments to reducing their personal greenhouse footprint. Alcoa Australia distributed Make An Impact kits to employees and their families that include an Internet-based greenhouse calculator and other advice on reducing energy and water consumption, and waste.

  • Improving the energy efficiency of the Jamalco refinery was a key area of focus. Jamalco reduced the amount of energy it needs to make one ton of alumina, increasing efficiency and lowering the emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Construction is underway for a new residue drying area using dry stacking technology, an innovative technique to store bauxite residue that reduces environmental effects, uses less land, and makes the byproduct accessible for alternative uses. Longer term, Jamalco will incorporate the carbon capture system developed by Alcoa Australia.
  • Jamalco reported a significant decline in its Total Recordable Injury Rate in 2006 as a result of continued focus on the refinery’s Behavioral Safety Observation program.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures and building systems. The company has 116,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at