Alro has developed programs for the self-monitoring of the environmental impact factors and of the work noxious emissions in cooperation with the Olt Environmental Protection Agency and Local Public Health Authority. Each of the Company divisions has its own personnel responsible with the environmental protection. In 2006, SC Alro SA received the Integrated Environmental Permits for both its locations, thus becoming the first company in the region and among the 10 largest companies in the country receiving such permits; these permits have a 10-year validity and represent the acknowledgment of the company’s complex long-term investment plan worth more than USD 20 million. The monitoring carried out in compliance with the integrated environmental permits certifies that all emissions generated by the company operation meet the standards imposed by the European Union and the best available engineering techniques in full.

Alro has replaced the fluorine-content gas wet scrubbing technology with gas dry scrubbing technology, subsequently increasing the retention efficiency from 65% to over 99%. In addition, all pollutant emissions comply with the best practices standards. A relevant example is the greenhouse gas emissions which were reduced by several tens of times as compared to year 1989.

As regards waste management, the company assumed and achieved, for three years now, the selective collection of wastes in garbage cans, and built the first environmental friendly landfills in the county.

At the same time, the environmental-related investment programs allowed Alro SA to obtain the ISO 14001 certification for the environmental protection management, and several years ago, the company received the Excellency Award for the special performances obtained in its environmental protection endeavors.

ALRO implements eco-efficiency enhancement and safety measures along its entire production process stream, being involved in global environmental-related activities by cooperating actively with international organizations which are in charge with reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and entire range of pollutants generated by the company facilities.

Personnel Education

Through the policy promoted within the management-quality-environment integrated policy in ALRO, it has become compulsory that the company staff have access to the information regarding environment status within the company premises; this was achieved three years ago by setting up an electronic system that displays the daily monitoring values of the environmental factors and noxious emissions. For the same purpose, through the local intranet, the Environmental report drafted on a monthly basis has been made available to all employees; as a result, environmental self-monitoring at work divisions level can at any time be a source of information, review and constructive reaction to the company’s existing problems.

Information to the Public

In compliance with Government Decision no. 878/2005 regarding the access of the public to the environmental information, ALRO is permanently open to the local community requests and it promptly replies to the questions concerning the environmental monitoring activity it performs.

 The environmental protection-related anniversary days are occasions when our company is visited by highschool and college students, the media, non-governmental organizations, members of the local community, etc, who can personally witness the effects of applying a high performance environmental policy oriented to promoting sustainable development and maintaining a clean environment.

Whenever required, we provide information to all relevant environmental authorities and stakeholders concerning ALRO’s environmental protection monitoring activity, by means of documents that present our achievements and established targets, and in the Annual Environmental Report. In the Annual Report, a special chapter deals with the evolution of emissions in the control points as set by the company’s integrated environmental permits.

Communication of the Environment Status within the Company

On a monthly basis, according to legal requirements, we submit reports on the evolution of the indicators monitored for water, air, ground, noise, waste and work noxious emissions management  to the local, regional and national environmental authorities, to the water management authorities as well as to the Olt County Health Authority, in compliance with the stipulations of the environmental integrated permits (i.e. permit no. 1 for ALRO-Primary Aluminum Division and permit no. 2 for ALRO-Processed Al. Division respectively), as well as with the stipulations of the permits’ related environmental factor and work noxious emission self-monitoring programs.

The local environmental authority has impact studies, records and reports submitted by ALRO, which can be requested by the local community for information purposes and which can be found on the following site:http://apmot.anpm.ro.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001

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