Alcan Environmental Impact Assessment

alcan.jpgAluminum manufacturing is one of the most massively energy intensive operations around, but Alcan, the big Canadian firm who won the 2005 Globe award, are managing to do it in better ways. WBCSD has an interesting Environmental Impact Assesment on their operations. The assesment concerns the manner in which Alcan balances its massive hydropower facilities in Canada with the needs of the people who live around the lakes – particularily concerning shorline erosion.
Say what you will about the fact that the lakes are artificial to begin with, and that developing cottages and condos around them may not be the most sustainable practice. Still, the level of communication that the company is having with the local community and the steps they seem to be making to reach out is worth applauding.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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  1. It’s interesting that you’re tracking Alcan. I’m part of a Alcan student initiative in Europe, we follow some people around for a few days and then we’re asked to keep a blog to track what we think about it all. I would appreciate your feedback and any additional insight that you may have.

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