The second year of participation for Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging in World Environment Day



    MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging,
part of Rio Tinto Alcan's packaging unit, announced that, for the second
consecutive year, it will participate in an initiative sponsored by the United
Nations for the Environment Program (UNEP) in the context of World Environment
Day. The theme for this event is "Kick the Habit: Towards a Low Carbon
Economy", and will be celebrated on June 5th around the world.
    "Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging recognizes the importance of
sustainable development and is focused on reducing its environmental
footprint. We have made this day an annual event, which gives us a concrete
opportunity to educate our employees about environmental issues and solicit
their participation in sustainability-related activities," said Mike Schmitt,
president of Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging.
    In 2007 the day was a great success and there were over twenty activities
and special events that took place in Alcan Packaging Global Pharmaceutical
sites around the world, such as the distribution of shrubs to employees, tree
planting and landscaping of neighboring sites, the organization of conferences
on the subject of the environment and clean-up activities in the community.
    Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging will continue their commitment to
World Environment Day this year with the implementation of new initiatives,
including a design contest for the children of employees on the subject of the
environment and an internal 'Going Low Carbon' quiz for employees.
    "We believe that once again this year, our sites will demonstrate their
ingenuity and will distinguish themselves by putting in place innovative
activities with regard to sustainable development, such as awareness campaigns
and partnerships with local and national associations that support the
environment," said Michael Rubenstein, Chief Growth and Innovation Officer,
Alcan Packaging.

    Alcan Packaging is a world leader in value-added specialty packaging. It
delivers multi-materials and innovative solutions to customers around the
world for the food, pharmaceutical, beauty and tobacco markets. Led by Ilene
Gordon, president and CEO, Alcan Packaging is headquartered in Paris, France,
with 128 facilities and 30,000 employees in 31 countries, it generated
US$6.2 billion revenues in 2007. For more information, please visit
www.alcanpackaging.com

    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, talc) 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.




For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Paris:
Chrystele Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18, chrystele.ivins@alcan.com; Rio Tinto Alcan
Media Relations, Canada: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151,
stefano.bertolli@alcan.com; Alcan Packaging, Paris: Colette Chauvière,
+33-1-57-00-28-26, colette.chauviere@alcan.com; Alcan Global Pharmaceutical
Packaging: Josée Saint-Pierre, (514) 630-9420 x2271,
josee.saint-pierre@alcan.com; www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan

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