Trade group Aluminium Stewardship Initiative announced this week that Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC’s (EGA) Jebel Ali aluminium smelter has been certified under ASI Performance Standards for responsible sourcing, production, and stewardship of aluminium.
The ASI’s certification at the site covers its casthouse and smelter as well as other associated facilities. Products produced at the newly-certified facilities include high purity and foundry re-melt products, and billets for extrusion and forging. Jebel Ali’s products are used in the electronics, aerospace, automotive, packaging, lithographic sheets, construction, and transportation sectors, among others.
Jebel Ali has a production capacity of over one million metric tons per annum
EGA Chief Executive Officer, Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, said in a press release that his firm was excited to garner yet another accolade for its aluminium operation.
“We are proud to again receive ASI’s esteemed stamp of approval with the certification of our Jebel Ali smelter. This ASI certification is a direct consequence of EGA’s steadfast commitment to improving our ESG performance and the overall sustainability of our business to ensure resilience into the future, in line with the goals set forth but our nation’s leaders.
“At EGA, we believe it is not enough to produce the metal that makes modern life possible and is integral to building a more sustainable future,” he continued. “It also matters how responsibly and sustainably our aluminium metal is made. Strong ESG performance is, first and foremost, good and necessary for our world, for the societies in which we operate, and for our people.”
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, congratulated EGA on its achievement.
“We warmly congratulate EGA on achieving this certification for their Jebel Ali operations. Having already certified its Al Taweelah smelting operations in 2019, the first in the Gulf region to do so, both of the company’s smelting operations are now ASI Performance Standard certified. Their ongoing commitment to ASI Certification further underscores the company’s strong commitment to sustainability principles more broadly.”
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 Business Assurance Services UK Ltd.
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.
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminium is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA had an estimated enterprise value of US$15 billion at the time the merger took place. The firm is owned equally by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Global Aluminium holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting.