October 09, 2009 18:27 ET

Alcoa Selected as 2009 ESS Excellence Awards "Best of the Best"

Winner Chosen From 12 Corporate and Public Organizations Recognized for Innovative Use of Environmental, Health, Safety and Crisis Management Software for Sustainability and Efficiency

ENGLEWOOD, CO--(Marketwire - October 9, 2009) - IHS (NYSE: IHS) a leading global source of critical information and insight, today announced that Alcoa was named the "Best of the Best" among nine corporations and three public agencies recently announced as winners of the 2009 ESS Excellence Awards. In its third year, the awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in environmental, health, safety (EH&S) and crisis management for sustainability through best practices in the use of advanced information technologies. Co-sponsored by digital media providers and VertMarket's Oil & Gas Online, the 2009 ESS Excellence Awards were presented during a ceremony held at ESS EXPO.09 this week in San Antonio.

Alcoa was honored as the 2009 "Best of the Best" winner based on the outstanding results that its largest business, Global Primary Products, achieved by implementing Essential Suite software from IHS -- starting with the Essential Compliance Manager and Essential Task Manager modules. Among Alcoa's accomplishments:

--  Deployed global system on schedule to 41 facilities in 9 countries in
    only 17 months. Deployment cost was 24% below budget.
--  Implemented in 5 languages to serve 500+ users. Native languages
    enable EH&S data gathering by operations staff.
--  Assured compliance with 526 permits across 245 governing bodies --
    including 1224 rules, 8999 requirement citations.
--  Tracked 4300+ tasks -- met goal of assuring >85% completed on-schedule
    and documented near misses.

Alcoa is now the only three-time ESS Excellence Award winner, having also been recognized in 2006 for automating Title V compliance and again in 2008 for simplifying ISO 14001 compliance.

At the ESS EXPO.09 celebration, IHS also recognized 2009 ESS Excellence Award winners Aerojet, Cheniere Energy, Ford Motor Company, Kuwait Oil Company, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Nestlé Purina PetCare, New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, Reynolds Packaging Group, SandRidge Energy, Spectra Energy (which won two awards) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

"IHS congratulates Alcoa, and all of the 2009 ESS Excellence Award winners, for their outstanding achievements," said IHS Vice President, Environment, Scott Lockhart. "Organizations all around the world are urgently seeking ways to achieve their sustainability goals. The companies and agencies honored here are leading by example, demonstrating how more effective information management can transform EH&S into a powerful driver for efficiency and business success."

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