Trade group Aluminium Stewardship Initiative announced last week the certification of the Mineração Rio do Norte’s bauxite operation in Brazil against its Performance Standard for sustainable aluminium production.
MRN’s planning, mining, transport, processing, and river shipment of bauxite ore are all certified under the Performance Standard. So too is its power-generation plant. With an annual capacity of over 12 million metric tons of bauxite ore, MRN is Brazil’s biggest producer and exporter of the alumina and aluminium precursor.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said in a press release that the certification shows MRN’s dedication to a wide range of important environmental, social, and governance goals.
“We warmly congratulate MRN on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification at its Porto Trombetas operations. Even though significant focus in the aluminium sector is currently on GHG emissions, bauxite mining also has been in the spotlight regarding key ESG issues including Indigenous Peoples’ rights, impact on local communities, dust control, biodiversity management, and appropriate rehabilitation post mining, among others. These are all key parts of the ASI Performance Standard, and MRN’s certification demonstrates that its priorities and values are consistent with responsible mining and production of bauxite.”
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 Bureau Veritas Certification.
Guido Germani, CEO of MRN, noted the importance of the certification to his firm.
“The ASI (Aluminum Stewardship Initiative) certification is an important achievement for MRN, therefore, we show the market and society our commitment to a sustainable production of bauxite. We are in the middle of the Amazon, within a national forest, and the constant search for responsible production of bauxite becomes even more significant. It must be aligned with MRN’s values, which focuses on respect for sustainability, safety, health and, above all, people. Certification in the ASI standard is part of this commitment: fostering development focused on legacy for future generations.”
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association brings 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.