Alcoa’s environmental rehabilitation a model for industry: Thomas Lovejoy

Professor Thomas E Lovejoy (centre) with Alcoa of Australia managers Brett McIntosh, Dr Soolim Carney, Andrew Grigg and Affonso Bizon.
Professor Thomas E Lovejoy (centre) with Alcoa of Australia managers Brett McIntosh, Dr Soolim Carney, Andrew Grigg and Affonso Bizon.

ALCOA’s environmental rehabilitation is a model for the mining industry, according to international biodiversity conservationist Professor Thomas E Lovejoy

Professor Lovejoy, the man who coined the term “biological diversity” and a senior Fellow of the United Nations Foundation, joined with 100 other international environmental delegates at the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative conference in Mandurah.

The conference focused on sustainable practice and good stewardship all along the aluminium value cycle, including a visit to Alcoa’s Pinjarra alumina refinery and Huntly bauxite mine.

Professor Lovejoy said it was a chance to learn about jarrah forests and the sophisticated approach Alcoa had taken in restoring the jarrah forest community after removing bauxite ore.

“It has been a sustained effort improving over time and a model for the mining industry,’’ he said.

Alcoa WA Bauxite environmental manager Soolim Carney said she was pleased to show the visitors the mining and rehabilitation work that earned the company a listing on the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honour for excellence in environmental rehabilitation in 1990.

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