The Modern Metal

The Modern Metal

Aluminium is one of the world’s most versatile and environmentally friendly metals. It is lightweight, strong, flexible, non-corrosive and infinitely recyclable.

It requires less energy to manufacture and transport products made from aluminium than most other metals. In a car, replacing heavier materials with one kilogram of aluminium can save a net 20 kilograms of CO2 emissions over the vehicle’s life. In packaging, aluminium provides a superior barrier for storing food and indirectly saves energy and water by reducing waste.

Rio Tinto’s modernised Kitimat smelter is outfitted with our state of the art AP40 smelting technology, widely recognized as the industry benchmark for environmental performance. Together with our employees in Kitimat, we are committed to safely and efficiently producing aluminium with the lowest carbon footprint in the world – and that’s good news for our employees, their families, and the communities in which we operate.

“We are proud to be the largest metals and mining company operating in this country. Through our substantial operational footprint, our responsible stewardship of Canada’s natural resources and the thousands of employees – we are committed to creating value responsibly in Canada today and for the long-term.”
– Alf Barrios, chief executive, Rio Tinto Aluminium