Alcoa Corp. recently released its 2021 Sustainability Report, providing a detailed overview of progress toward achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations by 2050 for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
The report, Reinventing for a sustainable future, also includes a technology roadmap with the potential to decarbonize and transform operations.
“Now, more than ever, our world needs reinvention, and we made significant progress in 2021 against our vision to reinvent the aluminum industry for a sustainable future,” Alcoa President and CEO Roy Harvey said. “This year’s sustainability report outlines how we are leveraging our processes, products, and people to help usher the aluminum industry into the low-carbon future and work with stakeholders across the value chain to build a better world.”
According to the report, Alcoa achieved a 15.4 percent decrease in landfill waste and a 9.1 percent decrease in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Additionally, renewable sources comprised 81 percent of the electricity used by Alcoa’s aluminum smelters by the end of 2021.
The company made $7.2 million in community investments through the Alcoa Foundation.
Alcoa investigated new products that can help support the low-carbon transition, including a joint development project to investigate the production of high-purity alumina.