Alcoa Sets Recycling Usage Goal

Pittsburgh, PA - Alcoa Executive Vice President G. John Pizzey announced that Alcoa has established a new corporate recycling usage goal: By 2020, 50 percent of Alcoa products, except raw ingot that is sold to others directly, will be made from recycled aluminum.

Mr. Pizzey recommended that as an industry, Alcoa continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and focus on efficiency as the key to emissions reductions. "At Alcoa, we have a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2010 from a base year of 1990. I'm pleased to tell you that we have already reached 90 percent of our goal."

He also suggested that greenhouse gas emission reduction measures start at the shop floor and assessment tools, such as Life Cycle Analysis, be applied to measure the long-term value of aluminum products and the renewable nature of aluminum, and to communicate those characteristics to stakeholders.

In announcing the goal, Mr. Pizzey said, "In a little over a century of use, aluminum has a proven record of renewable use: about two-thirds of aluminum ever produced— 440 million tons of a total 680 million tons manufactured since 1886— is still in use. Setting this goal will allow us to build on that record of a truly sustainable metal."