ALCOA’S environmental sustainability practices are a model for the mining industry, according to international biodiversity conservationist Professor Thomas E Lovejoy.
He joined 100 other international environmental delegates at the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative conference held in Mandurah.
The conference, which focused on sustainable practice and good stewardship, included a visit to Alcoa’s Pinjarra alumina refinery and Huntly bauxite mine.
“It was a wonderful chance to learn about jarrah forests and the sophisticated approach Alcoa has taken in restoring the jarrah forest community after removing bauxite ore,” Prof Lovejoy said.
“It has been a sustained effort improving over time and a model for the mining industry.”
Alcoa WA Bauxite environmental manager Soolim Carney said she was pleased to show the visitors Alcoa’s mining and rehabilitation work.
“Alcoa’s bauxite operations mine in previously logged areas, we don’t mine in virgin or old growth forest areas and we are very proud of the fact that self-sustaining jarrah forests now thrive in areas where Alcoa once mined bauxite,” Dr Carney said.