The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced earlier this week the certification of Pittsburgh aluminium pioneer Alcoa Corporation’s bauxite mines and alumina refineries in Western Australia against ASI’s Performance Standard.
This week’s certification includes Alcoa’s bauxite mines at Huntly and Willowdale as well as its alumina refineries at Kwinana, Pinjarra, and Wagerup.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, congratulated Alcoa on its achievement.
“We are delighted to congratulate Alcoa on their latest certifications for these Western Australian operations. ASI’s 2018 Annual General Meeting participants were fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the Huntly Mine and Pinjarra Refinery operations, so it is a pleasure to see these facilities achieve ASI Certification.”
This week’s certification brings Alcoa’s total number of locations certified by ASI to a total of nine. At present the firm has ASI certified locations in four different countries, with more sites currently under review for additional certification.
Michelle O’Neill, Alcoa’s Executive Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer, said the certification represents the firm’s commitment to sustainability.
“This recognition validates the strong commitment we have to responsible and sustainable production and to working with our stakeholders to deliver long-term value. It is additional evidence of our commitment to advance sustainably, one of our strategic priorities and a key differentiator for our future.”
ASI’s Performance Standard is the product of consultations with a multitude of stakeholders throughout the aluminium value chain, which ASI asserts is the sole comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative in the aluminium sector. The certifications, which each last for three years, were audited by DNV GL of Norway.
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.