Thursday 10 July 2014
Alcoa rejects claim of emission target failure BY JAMES TAYLOR ALCOA has rejected a claim by Surf Coast Air Action (SCAA) that a pledge to cut sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions at its Anglesea plant by 60 per cent has not been met. Last week, SCAA said Alcoa had failed to meet a commitment made in the company’s 2003 Environment Improvement Plan. Under the heading ‘Alcoa’s Commitment to Sustainable Development’, the plan notes Anglesea
power station and other locations must achieve, from a base year of 2000, a “60 per cent reduction in SO2 emissions by 2010”. SCAA said the 2000 baseline figure for Anglesea was 32,899 tonnes, but SO2 emissions increased to 35,000 tonnes in 2010-2011 and to 39,000 tonnes in 2012-2013. “Surf Coast residents have every right to feel extremely angry about Alcoa’s failure to meet its own commitment to slash emissions of a known respiratory irritant by 60 per cent,” SCAA
spokesperson Dr Jacinta Morahan said. “If there is to be a sale, (Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources) Russell Northe and (Premier) Dennis Napthine must ensure that Alcoa and any purchaser are forced to honour this express commitment.” Alcoa spokesman Brian Doy said the 2020 vision in the plan was a milestone for the sum of all Alcoa locations, not just Anglesea. “The global target was reached with a 62 per cent reduction in SO2 emissions by 2010.”
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The Farmer’s Place in Freshwater Creek will feature locally-grown produce.
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you use it as plastic for five minutes and put it down a hole for 1,000 years?” The Closed Loop work led to a property near Paraparap, where the company used its expertise to rehabilitate the soil by improving its level of nutrients. Mr Morris said that success their then led to The Farmer’s Place site, which will include paddocks, fruit and vegetable gardens, and orchards. “We see this as a place in which we’ll try out some of our different principles. “We really want to make it a nice destination – we see it as a farmgate; taking the best of the region and showcasing it.” He said the sustainable ethos also extended to the site itself, with everything being recycled. “We’re using an old shipping container for a building, and windows and doors off old houses.” The Farmer’s Place, at 675 Anglesea Road, Freshwater Creek, will officially launch on September 5. For more information, head to thefarmersplace.com.au.
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A BUSINESS set to open in September will showcase sustainability as well as the region’s best produce. The Farmer’s Place is under construction in Freshwater Creek, and the 40-acre site will eventually comprise a working farm, café and market place. Company spokesperson Joel Morris explained the philosophy of the business at last week’s Torquay Commerce and Tourism general meeting. Mr Morris said the idea was an offshoot of an established business, The Closed Loop, which has worked with clients including Qantas and KFC to reduce the levels of waste going to landfill. Mr Morris said using an on-site composter to turn food scraps into a product that could be used to grow more food made economic sense, and fit in with the biological recycling principle of “make, consume, enrich”. “If you’ve taken time to extract oil, why would
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He said the Anglesea baseline of 32,899 tonnes per year was based on 10 months of operation in 2000, due to a major shutdown that year. “So it is not correct to say that SO2 emissions at Anglesea have increased.” He said Alcoa also commissioned the Air Quality Control System in Anglesea in 2009, and no noncompliances with the SO2 State Environment Protection Policy or the National Environment Protection Measure had been recorded in the Anglesea township since March 2009.
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