May 30, 2018

Alcoa’s rehabilitation impresses international biodiversity leader

Alcoa’s environmental rehabilitation is a model for the mining industry, according to renowned international biodiversity conservationist, Professor Thomas E Lovejoy, who toured Alcoa’s operations last week.

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Professor Thomas E Lovejoy (centre) with Alcoa of Australia mangers, Brett McIntosh, Dr Soolim Carney, Andrew Grigg and Affonso Bizon

Professor Lovejoy, the man who coined the term ‘biological diversity’ and a Senior Fellow of the United Nations Foundation, joined with 100 other eminent international environmental delegates at the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) conference held in Mandurah.

The conference, focussed on sustainable practice and good stewardship all along the aluminium value cycle, included a visit to Alcoa’s Pinjarra alumina refinery and Huntly bauxite mine.

“It was a wonderful chance to learn about jarrah forests and the sophisticated approach Alcoa has taken in restoring the jarrah forest community after removing bauxite ore,” Professor Lovejoy said. “It has been a sustained effort improving over time and a model for the mining industry.”

Alcoa WA Bauxite environmental manager Dr Soolim Carney said she was pleased to show the visitors Alcoa’s mining and rehabilitation work, which earned the company a listing on the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honour for excellence in environmental rehabilitation in 1990.

“Alcoa’s bauxite operations mine in previously logged areas, we don’t mine in virgin or old growth forest areas and we are very proud of the fact that self-sustaining jarrah forests now thrive in areas where Alcoa once mined bauxite,” Dr Carney said.

ASI is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit organisation which sets standards and certification across the aluminium value chain, from bauxite mining to alumina refining to aluminium smelting. The ASI conference also included discussion on key sustainability topics in the aluminium value chain as well as training workshops on certification and good practice case studies.




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Editor’s note Alcoa has a proud history in Western Australia which it hopes to continue by remaining internationally competitive, attracting ongoing investment and providing jobs for future growth.

    • Alcoa employs more than 3,750 people in WA – about 2,000 live in the Peel region
    • Alcoa spends $635 million annually in wages, salaries and benefits in WA
    • Alcoa invests $1.39 billion in operating and capital expenditure annually in WA
    • Alcoa pays $366 million in taxes (State and Federal) annually
    • Alcoa invests $3.6 million in community contributions annually in WA
    • More than 75 per cent of Alcoa of Australia’s total annual revenue stays in Australia through wages, local purchasing, taxes, royalties, capital investment and dividends to Australian shareholders


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