Alumina Limited

Environment

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Alumina Limited believes that business sustainability is dependent on the integration into the business plan of, relevant and meaningful sustainability objectives that, among other things, result in sensible management of the environment.  This is emphasised by the resource intensive business of alumina refining and smelting.

Resources 

AWAC’s core business of producing alumina (the raw material used to produce aluminium) requires the mining of bauxite, the ore that contains alumina from ecologically sensitive forested regions in Western Australia and the Amazon in Brazil. As a result a strong sustainability focus is placed on land management, land rehabilitation and biodiversity and water management.

Energy

The refining of bauxite ore into alumina and the subsequent smelting of aluminium require significant energy resources resulting in the significant stewardship issues of energy efficiency and emissions management.

 

The aim is, responsible resource management that minimises the impact on the immediate natural environment and communities in which AWAC operates and products that are beneficial to the environment.  

We believe that through demonstrating effective and responsible environmental stewardship, AWAC will be will continue to be granted a licence to operate.  

 We focus attention on areas with the greatest material impact including land management and rehabilitationenergywaterwaste and emissions.  

Alcoa is an experienced and internationally recognised environmental manager, with a sophisticated system for managing, monitoring and mitigating environmental impacts through new technology and evolving operational processes.

In 2017 there were no major environmental incidents to report. There were numerous small spills exceeding 20 litres however, none of the spills it resulted in a significant financial impact and did not constitute a significant environmental non-compliance either from Alumina Limited’s activities or AWAC’s global operations ie. Potential to cause significant harm to the environment.