Employees hold the key to sustainability



Representatives from Alcoa locations across the globe visited Warrick in June in an effort to share and benchmark ways to improve energy efficiency.



Alcoa's Global Energy Team and the U.S. Department of Energy hosted the week-long training as part of Alcoa’s sustainability initiative to heighten the priority of energy from the highest level of leadership down to plant-level leadership.


Alcoa spends a considerable percentage on energy costs, and the corporation is working to get that cost down and to further improve our efficiency.


The training brought a diverse group together to learn from each other and provide resources to reduce the amount of energy used in their respective areas across the plant, supporting Alcoa’s sustainability goals.
Alcoa has established sustainability goals of:

  • 10 percent reduction in the energy intensity of Primary Metals by 2020; 15 percent by 2030 (from 2005 baseline)
  • 20 percent reduction in the energy intensity of all other businesses which include RPD by 2020; 30 percent by 2030 (from 2005 baseline)

Additionally, in May 2010, Alcoa joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now initiative and pledged an even more aggressive goal to reduce the energy intensity of downstream U.S. manufacturing operations by 25 percent by 2020 from a baseline year of 2005. 


Those who were involved in the training said improvement does not necessarily mean big capital expenditures. Several new zero-cost action items have been discovered to drive energy reduction.


Employees across Warrick Operations are submitting ideas on how to operate even more efficiently.


Warrick Design & Utilities Engineering Superintendent Joe Peterson addresses a group of participants who attended the Energy Efficiency Training.