We are committed to having open and candid discussions with citizens, community groups, the government, and non-governmental organizations about our company and activities in Greenland.

Following is a list of meetings and visits we have conducted.

Past Meetings

September 6-7, 2011
In Maniitsoq, Alcoa presented at a seminar focused on the aluminium project that was sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Labor and Qeqqata municpality.

Download the Alcoa presentation

October 30-31, 2010
A team of representatives from Greenland Development, Qeqqata municipality, Maniitsoq community work group, and Alcoa visited three settlements in close vicinity of Maniitsoq—Atammik, Napasoq, and Kangaamiut. The team gave an update on the aluminum project and the activities of the Maniitsoq community workgroup and also consulted with local residents. A journalist from the local radio station in Maniitsoq traveled with the group to record presentations and discussions during the meetings in the settlements.

January 18-21, 2010
Public meetings were held in Nuuk, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut, and Kangerlussuaq to enable Greenland Development and Alcoa to report on the progress of studies into feasibility of establishing of a world-class aluminium smelter in Greenland and to seek questions and comments on the proposed project from interested parties. More than 400 people attended the meetings.

The following posters and presentations from the meetings are available for downloading:
February 7-12, 2009
Greenland Home Rule, Greenland Development, and Alcoa held public meetings in Aasiaat and Ilulissat to provide information on the proposed smelter’s progress in Greenland and seek questions and comments. The draft terms of reference for the proposed project were also presented.

January 19-22, 2009
Greenland Development and Alcoa held public meetings in Maniitsoq, Sisimiut, and Nuuk to report on the smelter’s progress and seek questions and comments on the proposed project. ERM, the consultancy that is preparing the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed project, presented the draft terms of reference for the EIA, which define how the EIA and associated studies will be conducted.

September 21-22, 2008
Alcoa, the company’s environmental consulting partner Environmental Resources Management, and Greenland Development held public meetings in Maniitsoq and Sisimiut to discuss the project’s status and answer questions on environment, health, and safety issues.

June 24-26, 2008
Representatives from Alcoa and environmental consulting partner Environmental Resources Management conducted public meetings in Maniitsoq, Kangaamiut, and Nuuk to provide a project update, listen and respond to community questions and comments, and discuss environmental and employment aspects of the proposed smelter. The meetings also provided an opportunity for the company to meet with representatives from local businesses, hunting and fishing organizations, and other special interest groups.

January 8-15, 2008
A series of public meetings was held in Nuuk, Maniitsoq, and Sisimiut to discuss the draft regional strategic environmental assessment (SEA) currently being completed by Greenland Home Rule. Greenland Development also explained its role in the project and the political process associated with the SEA and the smelter site selection. More than 160 people attended each of the meetings—a record for such meetings in Greenland.

August 27-29, 2007
More than 120 citizens attended each of the public meetings held in Sisimiut, Nuuk, and Maniitsoq to discuss Alcoa's proposed aluminum smelter and related hydropower facilities. Senior Alcoa officials joined Klaus Hansen from the Greenland Home Rule's Ministry of Environment and Nature, the mayors of the three municipalities, and other local officials to brief gatherings in each city on the project as well as the status of environmental surveys and studies currently underway.

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June 25-28, 2007
Alcoa environmental and engineering specialists began working sessions with their Greenlandic counterparts to plan and advance site selection studies.

March 23-28, 2007
Four senior Alcoa representatives visited Greenland to meet leaders of the communities of Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, and Nuuk and to begin assessment of the various potential smelter sites identified by the communities.

February 19-20, 2007
Greenland Premier Hans Enoksen, the Minister of Industry, Labour, and Vocational Training, and other cabinet members headed a fact-finding delegation to Alcoa’s Deschambault smelting facility in Canada. Other delegates included the Greenland Parliament’s Budgetary and Industry committees and the mayors of Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, and Nuuk.

January 8-11, 2007
The Minister of Industry, Labour, and Vocational Training and delegations from Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, and Nuuk visited Alcoa’s Fjardaaál smelter project and related hydropower project in Iceland and met with local authorities.

September 3-5, 2006
The Minister of Industry, Labour, and Vocational Training visited Alcoa’s Alumar smelter in São Luís, Brazil.

Terms of Reference

Download the terms of reference for the proposed smelter project.

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The proposed smelter site on Maniitsoq Island.

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Team that traveled to three settlements in October 2010

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Aasiaat Gymnasium Greenland

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Prep school Ilulissat Greenland

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Meeting at Qeqqata Kommunia prior to public meeting.

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September 2008 meeting
in Maniitsoq

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March 2007 site inspection

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