We are responsive to changing environmental challenges and values, ensuring that we meet and where possible exceed increasing community expectations of environmental performance.
Wherever possible we prevent, or otherwise minimise, mitigate and remediate the effects of our business’ operations. We assess the impact of our activities and products in advance, and we work with local communities and agencies to manage and monitor these impacts. We ensure that everyone who works at the smelter understands the site’s interactions with the surrounding environment.
Bell Bay Aluminium aims to achieve environmental best practice by minimising the waste, emissions and impacts associated with our activities through implementing effective mitigation and management strategies.
We are proud of our AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environmental management systems and we work hard to ensure this accreditation is maintained through:
The Bell Bay smelter wetlands were constructed between January to June 1996, designed primarily as a filter system for run-off water from the smelter site before entering the Tamar River environs.
The wetlands include aquatic plants and native vegetation to take up and store pollutants and excessive nutrients, while providing habitat for local native wildlife, including birds, mammals and amphibians.
With the assistance of local school students, Bell Bay Aluminium has planted more than 25,000 trees in the Launceston and Tamar Valley region over the past seven years.
Our annual tree planting initiative is an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of tree planting for the environment and their local community.
Bell Bay Aluminium has its part to play in the journey towards Rio Tinto’s climate commitment of reducing carbon dioxide emissions over time.
In December 2022, we held a decarbonisation workshop to review Bell Bay Aluminium’s current roadmap, set our targets through to 2050 net zero and identify actions to get us there.
The workshop had representation from all departments, with support from the Climate Change team in our Brisbane head office.
To achieve the reduction in emissions, we have a phased plan leading to 2050, noting that some of these initiatives are subject to long-term power arrangements in Tasmania: