This national organization award, sponsored by CSA Group, is presented to an organization (not-for-profit or profit) which is based in, or which has significant investment in Canada and which has made significant contributions to the field of green chemistry and engineering, including the technical, economic, human health and environmental benefits. The organization may be from industry, government, or academia or a not-for-profit in Canada.
The 2014 winner of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (CSA Group Award for Organizations) is:
Orbite Aluminae Inc.
Established in 1995, Orbite Aluminae is a Canadian company dedicated to research and development of metallurgical-grade and high-purity alumina, and rare earths in various levels of purity. Since the beginning of the aluminium industry in southern France, back in 1893, one of its biggest problems has always been the negative environmental impact of alumina production. Alumina is the primary material used to make aluminium, and is extracted from bauxite ore. The present process is very polluting as it produces more dangerous waste than alumina. Depending on the quality of the bauxite, between 1 and 2 tonnes of waste is produced for each tonne of alumina. Orbite Aluminae has engineered a green, eco-friendly technology for producing alumina from clay and fly ash. That game-changing chemical process completely eliminates red mud, and represents by far the most important environmental innovation in the aluminium industry. For the first time in history, it is possible to produce the same quality of alumina and aluminium without any red mud>