14 May '12, 9am
Beyond Recycling: Alcoa Slashes CO2 Emissions and Water Consumption
One metric integral to Alcoa’s sustainability strategy is carbon emissions . In 2010, Alcoa set a goal to reduce CO2 emissions from its refining and smelting business, based on 2005 levels. Alcoa originally had a 20 percent reduction target for 2020 and 30 percent by 2030, and so far the $21 billion company is on track with a 23.1 percent reduction as of 2011. To that end, Alcoa boosted its goal to a 30 percent reduction by the end of this decade and 35 percent for 2030. Mercury, sulfur dioxide and VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions are also trending downward. Innovative products like Alcoa’s EcoClean , a coil-coated architectural panel that cleans itself and the surrounding air, is another example of how the company is tackling the challenges of air pollution and emissions.