Rio Tinto Alcan sponsors free outdoor program and offsets carbon emissions for the 2008 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

    MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan is pleased to co-present
the free outdoor program for the 2008 Festival International de Jazz de
Montréal for the third consecutive year. Rio Tinto Alcan will also contribute
to offsetting the carbon emissions of the Festival, making it carbon neutral
for the first time.
    "It is with great pleasure that Rio Tinto Alcan once again takes an
active part in one of the world's premier music festivals, the Festival
International de Jazz de Montréal," said Dick Evans, chief executive, Rio
Tinto Alcan.
    "This four-year sponsorship commitment of over $6 million runs through to
2010 and reinforces Rio Tinto Alcan's ongoing commitment to Montreal, our home
town. Furthermore, in keeping with our sustainability mindset, we are proud to
help make it one of the first major events of its kind in North America to be
carbon neutral," added Evans.
    The Rio Tinto Alcan stage, at the Saint-Catherine's Street entrance of
the Complexe Desjardins, will be the site of numerous free concerts throughout
the Festival. On July 6, Rio Tinto Alcan will once again host the grand
closing event - a free outdoor concert featuring acclaimed Guinean artist Mory
    Rio Tinto Alcan also sponsors the Invitation series of concerts at the
Place des Arts, featuring jazz greats Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner and Dave
Brubeck. The popular Rio Tinto Alcan Musical Park and the Little Jazz School
returns in 2008, providing families with free access to a variety of outdoor
fun including games, educational activities, face-painting and creation of
musical instruments from aluminium.
    "Each year the city of Montreal vibrates to the rhythms of the Festival
and we are proud to be a part of it. As in previous years, Rio Tinto Alcan
will support the Festival's recycling and waste reduction program that allows
for the recuperation of approximately 20.5 tonnes of material every year.
Aluminium and recycling go hand-in-hand, so sponsoring this program is a
natural for Rio Tinto Alcan," said Jacynthe Côté, president and chief
executive officer of the Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal business unit.
    "Climate change is a global challenge and we all must do our part to
minimise its impacts. Since 1990 Rio Tinto Alcan has reduced its greenhouse
gas emissions intensity by 60 per cent in Canada. By offsetting the carbon
emissions of the 2008 Festival, we will help contribute to its sustainability
and we will be making one more step in the right direction," added Côté.
    "We are very happy of our continuing partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan,"
said Alain Simard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal president and
founder. "Year after year, our fruitful collaboration allows the Festival to
increase its offering to music lovers through a growing number of activities
and free shows."
    To neutralize the Festival's emissions-estimated at 2,000 tonnes of C02
equivalent-Rio Tinto Alcan will purchase Gold Standard certified offsets
through Planetair. This unique collaboration between Rio Tinto Alcan, the
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Fonds d'action québécois pour
le développement durable and Planetair is breaking new ground in developing
and making publicly accessible tools to reduce major events' climate
footprints, including an emissions calculation methodology and a guide to
organizing climate-friendly major events.

    The 2008 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal opens on June 26 and
closes on July 6. For more than 11 days and nights, Montreal will roll out the
red carpet for over 3,000 musicians from every corner of the globe. From jazz
to soul to blues, with detours through traditional music, electro and folk,
the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal promises to enchant music
lovers of all ages.

    About Planetair

    Founded in 2005, Planetair is a programme of the Unisféra International
centre, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation specialised in
sustainable development. Planetair is committed to offering the highest
quality climate protection solution to enable individuals, organizations and
companies to reduce their climate footprint Planetair is Canada's first
provider of Gold Standard offsets having entered into a strategic partnership
with myclimate, one of the top offset suppliers in the world.

    About the FAQDD

    The Fonds d'action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD) is a
non-profit organization whose mission is to help create and provide financial
support to high-impact, structuring projects that, through sustainable
development, will change practices as well as individual and collective
behaviours. Since 2001, the FAQDD provided financial support to 213 projects,
121 grants and 101 internships, for a total of $43 million, all invested in

    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: Stefano
Bertolli, (514) 848-8151,;; Festival International de Jazz de Montréal:
Marie-Eve Boisvert, (514) 523-3378,;

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