Alcoa Exceeds 2020 Environmental Goal

First company to receive silver-level Cradle to Cradle Certification for primary aluminum

Alcoa announced on May 11 that it has significantly reduced its carbon footprint, exceeding its 2020 goal, and was the first company to receive silver-level Cradle to Cradle Certification for primary aluminum.

"In 2010, we took our efforts to a new level with the creation of the chief sustainability officer position and a renewed focus on the development of a comprehensive sustainability strategy," said Kevin Anton, Alcoa's chief sustainability officer. "We implemented a new set of strategic sustainability targets to drive progress in our businesses to 2020 and beyond, and developed a scorecard to align our sustainability targets across each of our businesses."

Significant achievements include:

Climate Change

Alcoa reduced the greenhouse gas footprint of the company's operations. Alcoa Global Primary Products lowered its CO2 intensity by 7% over 2009 levels and achieved a 22% reduction over 2005 levels, exceeding the 2020 goal of a 20% reduction. These reductions are the result of strategic efforts to reposition operations to take advantage of clean hydroelectric power; quickly share best practices to reduce process emissions; and drive energy efficiency at every location.


In 2010, Alcoa received silver-level Cradle to Cradle Certification for primary aluminum. Alcoa is the first aluminum company to receive such independent certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry. The certification was earned through process improvements, including reducing energy use, deploying efficient water management systems, and recycling.

To view the company's sustainability report click here.

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