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The second year of participation for Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging in World Environment Day

MONTREAL, June 2 /PRNewswire/ - Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging, part of Rio Tinto Alcan's packaging unit, announced that, for the second consecutive year, it will participate in an initiative sponsored by the United Nations for the Environment Program (UNEP) in the context of World Environment Day. The theme for this event is "Kick the Habit: Towards a Low Carbon Economy", and will be celebrated on June 5th around the world.

"Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging recognizes the importance of sustainable development and is focused on reducing its environmental footprint. We have made this day an annual event, which gives us a concrete opportunity to educate our employees about environmental issues and solicit their participation in sustainability-related activities," said Mike Schmitt, president of Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging.

In 2007 the day was a great success and there were over twenty activities and special events that took place in Alcan Packaging Global Pharmaceutical sites around the world, such as the distribution of shrubs to employees, tree planting and landscaping of neighboring sites, the organization of conferences on the subject of the environment and clean-up activities in the community.

Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging will continue their commitment to World Environment Day this year with the implementation of new initiatives, including a design contest for the children of employees on the subject of the environment and an internal 'Going Low Carbon' quiz for employees.

"We believe that once again this year, our sites will demonstrate their ingenuity and will distinguish themselves by putting in place innovative activities with regard to sustainable development, such as awareness campaigns and partnerships with local and national associations that support the environment," said Michael Rubenstein, Chief Growth and Innovation Officer, Alcan Packaging.

Alcan Packaging is a world leader in value-added specialty packaging. It delivers multi-materials and innovative solutions to customers around the world for the food, pharmaceutical, beauty and tobacco markets. Led by Ilene Gordon, president and CEO, Alcan Packaging is headquartered in Paris, France, with 128 facilities and 30,000 employees in 31 countries, it generated US$6.2 billion revenues in 2007. For more information, please visit

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group .headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

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