Alcoa Receives Gold Certification from the Brazil GHG Protocol Program for Transparent Emissions Management

January 13, 2012

Recognition exemplifies Alcoa’s commitment to integrate sustainability into day-to-day operations

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Brazilian operations has received Gold Certification from the Brazil Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Program for transparency in reporting and quantifying its emissions inventories in 2010. The certification was granted following an assessment by independent Brazilian auditor Vanzolini Foundation.

Alcoa was one of the first companies in Brazil to participate in the GHG Protocol Program.

“Receiving certification shows the efforts that Alcoa is making in declaring its emissions in a transparent way and proves the company’s commitment to reducing emissions year-after-year,” said Franklin L. Feder, CEO for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The 2010 emissions inventory for Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is available on the Brazil GHG Protocol’s website:

About the Brazil GHG Protocol Program

The Brazil GHG Protocol Program was launched in 2008 and has 77 member companies. The Program promotes voluntary GHG emissions management by building technical and institutional capacity for emissions accounting and reporting at the organizational level. It is a partnership between Brazil’s Ministry of Environment, the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), the Fundação Getulio Vargas, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and the World Resource Institute. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify and manage GHG emissions.

About Alcoa in Brazil

Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa, the world’s leading aluminum producer. Alcoa has been in Latin America and the Caribbean since the 1950s and has some 7,000 employees in the region, with operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname. Alcoa’s operations in Brazil are fully integrated from bauxite mining to finished products. Alcoa has seven production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2011, Alcoa Brazil was considered a benchmark in social responsibility and was one of the 21 model companies in the Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade [Exame magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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