Pittsburgh aluminium pioneer Alcoa Corporation announced yesterday the certification of its Baie-Comeau aluminum smelter in Québec, Canada against the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI) sustainability standards.
The Baie-Comeau aluminium smelter’s three-year certification by the ASI propels the plant into the ranks of Alcoa’s three other ASI-certified locations, all of which earned their certifications earlier this year. With the plant’s end-to-end value chain certification, Alcoa has ASI-certified operations on three continents in two hemispheres – Canada’s operations in North America, Brazilian operations in South America, and Spanish operations in Europe.
ASI certification for Alcoa’s operations in the dominion are yet another step forward in sustainability in an already busy year. Last month the firm was named to the Dow Jones Sustainable Indices (DJSI) as an Aluminum Industry Leader.
Michelle O’Neill, Alcoa’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Sustainability, noted the reputation for sustainability her firm continues to cultivate.
“From mine to metal, Alcoa is recognized as a sustainability leader. This latest ASI certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to operate in a responsible manner while bringing long-lasting value to our stakeholders.”
ASI’s Chief Executive Officer Fiona Solomon welcomed the Baie-Comeau plant into the sustainability fold.
“We congratulate Alcoa on their latest ASI Certification in Canada, joining previous certifications in Brazil and Spain that cover mining to casthouse. The ASI Certification of the Baie-Comeau facility shows their commitment to supporting a responsible aluminum value chain.”
Certification for the plant against the ASI Performance Standard was independently audited by Norwegian international accredited registrar and classification society DNV GL.
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association attempts to bring together the various stakeholders in the aluminium industry in order to achieve objectives including sustainable production methods, material chain-of-custody procedures, recycling, social impacts related to aluminium production, and production standards.