Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) have announced a $240M investment in their Gladstone Alumina Refinery over the next five years as part of the 5-Year Environmental Improvement Program.
The funds will be used to improve QAL’s environmental performance with a particular focus on air quality, odour, noise, land and water management. The 5-Year Environmental Improvement Plan will focus on major capital upgrades and organisational culture change. There are over 55 projects in the 5-Year Environmental Improvement Plan which have been prioritised according to the highest levels of environmental risk.
We are pleased to announce that International Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium Society (IBAAS) is organizing the 8th International Conference & Exhibition (IBAAS-GAMI 2019) jointly with Guiyang Aluminium Magnesium Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd (GAMI) in Guiyang, China during September 4 – 6, 2019.
Rio Tinto’s Amrun project in Queensland, Australia, has achieved a significant milestone, successfully making the first shipment of bauxite, six weeks ahead of schedule.
Twenty-four local young people have completed their apprenticeships with Alcoa this year, joining more than 2,000 apprentices, trainees and graduates trained and developed by the resources company during the past 55 years.
Australia has amongst the highest standards of bauxite mining globally, and our bauxite sector has potential for strong growth. At the same time changes are occurring in global bauxite supply with new countries and new operators entering the market.
Sustainable bauxite mining practices are critical to the global reputation of the industry. Sustainable practices should be perceived and valued as a competitive advantage for all mining companies.
In an attempt to address this issue, The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has produced Sustainable Bauxite Mining Guidelines. The project was managed by the Australian Aluminium Council. Key companies in the aluminium industry partially funded the production of these guidelines, along with the IAI, and participated in the collation of material for the guidelines.
The guidelines aim to identify and communicate the criteria and encourage emerging bauxite suppliers to improve their practices in line with the rest of the global industry. The applicability to a range of countries has been enhanced through the use of case studies from areas as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Jamaica, Guinea, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Sustainable Bauxite Mining Guidelines
Austmine 2019 is the world’s leading mining innovation conference and exhibition, and a must attend event for the mining industry and METS sectors. Featuring key presentations and discussions on the future of technology, people and our industry, this event is an excellent opportunity to connect and learn from mining and METS thought leaders.
Australia’s largest users of electricity – the aluminium industry – today called on the Federal and State Governments to approve the framework for the National Energy Guarantee and also called on them to implement the recommendations of the ACCC report on electricity pricing, and do more to release domestic gas supply.
The July/August issue of Aluminium International Today features articles on the Sustainable Bauxite Mining Guidelines. Read the articles on pages 13 and 24.
Aluminium International today
Rio Tinto has become the first mining and metals company to be granted the aluminium industry’s Chain of Custody certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). The certification means Rio Tinto will be the only company selling aluminium that customers can be assured has been produced to the highest environmental, social and governance standards, placing Rio Tinto at a competitive advantage.
See the media release here
Rio Tinto is the first company in the world to receive certification under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), the highest internationally recognised standard for robust environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium life-cycle of production, use and recycling.