MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to be
participating in Empreinte Carbone Québec, a carbon footprint pilot project launched today by the Ministère du Développement Économique, de l'Innovation et de
l'Exportation (Quebec's Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export).
"We welcome the Québec government's initiative, which will allow us to move
forward with the commercialisation of carbon footprint-certified
products. This pilot project will strengthen our competitive edge while
preparing us for the increasingly stringent requirements of our major
clients," said Étienne Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Rio Tinto
Alcan Primary Metal, North America. "We're very proud to be involved
and to provide our expertise in the area of reducing green house gas
emissions. By taking part in this project, Rio Tinto Alcan is
undertaking to conduct a carbon footprint assessment of all its
products," explained Jacques.
With this partnership, Rio Tinto Alcan will be contributing to the
development of a harmonisation process with the government in an effort
to address the methodological challenges of calculating carbon
The aluminium industry contributes the most of any industry to the
reduction of green house gases (GHGs) in Québec. Rio Tinto Alcan has
reduced its GHG emissions by 50 per cent, while increasing production
by 55 per cent at its Québec smelters in the period from 1990 to 2008.
Moreover, the reduction of Rio Tinto Alcan's GHG emissions surpasses
overall reductions reported for Québec industry as a whole.
"Taken together, Rio Tinto Alcan's plants in Québec have already
exceeded the Québec government's target of a 20 per cent reduction in
greenhouse gases by 2020, which clearly demonstrates our capacity to
sustain growth, while achieving a remarkable rate of reducing GHG
emissions," noted Nigel Steward, Rio Tinto Alcan's Vice President,
Carbon, Energy and Climate Change.
Respect for nature and the environment in the communities where Rio
Tinto Alcan operates is a longstanding commitment. Several years ago,
Rio Tinto Alcan embarked on a green shift with various projects aimed
at reducing carbon footprint. For instance, Rio Tinto Alcan helps
offset the Montreal International Jazz Festival's carbon emissions by
buying carbon credits. Rio Tinto Alcan also contributes to research on
the impact of climate change by providing financial support to the
OURANOS research consortium, a non-profit organization working on
regional climatology and adaptation to climate change.
The aluminium produced in modern facilities in Québec generates three to
four times less GHG emissions than the global average, and seven to
eight times less than producers who are still using fossil fuels. "In
Québec, we are fortunate to have access to hydro electricity, a
renewable energy that emits little green house gases. As a result of
ongoing and planned improvements, including the use of hydro
electricity, Rio Tinto Alcan emissions in Québec are among the lowest
in the world," added Steward.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio
Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal
and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt)
and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in
Australia and North America with significant businesses in South
America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
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