The aluminium industry recognizes that it is an energy-intensive industry and is particularly concerned about the responsible use of energy. Inefficient use of energy depletes natural resources and may threaten climate change.
Because producing aluminium is energy intensive, the industry constantly focuses on the efficient use of energy. There is no energy alternative to electricity, which incurs a huge part of aluminium production costs.
The industry has its own interests at stake in becoming more energy efficient. The efficiency of aluminium smelters has shown a steady improvement since the 1950s, and electricity consumption has fallen by more than a third over that same period.
Aluminium products can be endlessly recycled, using only 5% of the energy that would be expanded in primary aluminium production. Aluminium products are therefore an intrinsic and formidable source of energy, and can be regarded as an ‘energy bank’.
The recycling of used aluminium products is thus both energy-efficient and cost-efficient. In Europe, 40% of the 13.2 million tonnes of aluminium used in 2006 came from recycling (Source: European Aluminium Association). Inefficient use of energy depletes natural resources and may threaten climate change.
The aluminium industry has worked successfully to reduce its gas emissions. Voluntary industry initiatives and continuous technological advances have ensured we have made significant progress – emissions of CO2 have been reduced by 50% and PFCs by more than 90% compared to 1990 levels.
We achieved this by drastically reducing the direct CO2 emissions of production processes and natural resource use, by fostering workers safety and training, increasing recycling rates and many other initiatives.
Most smelters operated by International Aluminium Institute (IAI) members now have powerful scrubbing equipment which can remove up to 99% of all gas emissions from the pots. The materials removed by scrubbing can then be reused in the smelting process.
As a result, the current average levels of emissions to the atmosphere are now as low as 1kg of fluoride per tonne of aluminium. This is a significant improvement compared to 3.9kg per tonne in 1974 (Source: International Aluminium Institute).
The health and safety of our stakeholders have always been important to us, especially our employees and contractors. At Press Metal, we are committed to providing a safe and injury-free work environment. All our operating plants in Malaysia and China are certified based on ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) and/or OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series). PMBTU and PMAR are currently transitioning to ISO 45001:2018 which is the replacement standard for OHSAS 18001:2007. We are reviewed annually by third-party auditors to ensure our management approach continues to be in line with ISO criteria.
Underpinned by our Occupational Health and Safety Policy, we pledge to:
Providing the necessary resources that assist in executing our organisation’s OH&S commitment and responsibility towards its stakeholders.
Respect and conform to the applicable OH&S legislation and requirements, as well as other obligations assumed
Establish appropriate OH&S objectives and targets, within the integrated management system, with annually review for continual improvement.
Shaping a culture where people care about their safety and that of everyone around them by regularly conducting
training, auditing and safety campaigns.
Sharing responsibility which requiring active commitment and participation of all our leaders, employees, vendors and contractors in promoting a safe working environment.
Making OH&S as part of the organisation’s decision-making mechanism in respect of planning for growth, development, operations and continual improvement.
Educating employees in safe work practice and raise employee’s awareness of OH&S threats and opportunities.
Taking responsibility to engage with employees, contractors and all relevant stakeholders to share our practices and insight. We recognize and respect diverse cultures, communities and points of view.
Actively identify, assess and manage risks by providing adequate safeguards through engineering control and other measures to minimise the OH&S risks on our people, communities, stakeholders and operations.
Leading the organisation by setting targets, assessing and reporting OH&S performance for continual OH&S
performance and achieve success.
Every Press Metal entity has established an EHS Steering Committee that consists of a chairman, secretary and employer-employee representatives. The EHS steering committees are responsible for overseeing and assessing EHS risks and conduct monthly and quarterly meetings to discuss the current EHS issues.
Our standard operating procedures and Stop Work Policy cover all operational areas and activities. In cases where the work activity is deemed dangerous and may cause injury, employees reserve the right to stop work. In addition to employees, contractors or suppliers of Press Metal are also required to attend EHS induction and are provided a copy of Press Metal’s EHS Policy statement.
Injuries and accidents can be prevented at the workplace. We conduct Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risks Control to identify potential hazards at the different process levels and its corresponding control measures. In the case of an accident, a review meeting will be conducted to identify the root cause and to review the effective corrective actions.