The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced last week the certification of Norwegian aluminium firm Norsk Hydro ASA subsidiary Hydro Aluminium Extruded Solutions’s plants at Bellenberg, Germany and Lichtervelde, Belgium to the organization’s ASI Performance Standards.
Per the ASI, Hydro’s extrusions and profiles operations at the above plants have been certified against its standards for responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of aluminium.
ASI’s CEO Fiona Solomon said the certification was advantageous to Hydro for several reasons.
“ASI congratulates Hydro on this further achievement and the demonstration of their ongoing commitment to certify their operations to the ASI Performance Standard. Clearly there are not only environmental, social and governance benefits for Hydro to pursue certification, but also a strategic business benefit that the company seeks to capitalise on. We applaud their tenacity and are as proud of their growing list of certified operations as Hydro employees are themselves.”
Norsk Hydro operates the largest aluminium extrusions operation on Earth, with products including parts for windows, doors, electronics, transportation applications, and a myriad of other product areas.
“ASI certification is part of our strategy, and we will continue following up,” elaborated Hydro executive vice president Egil Hogna. “This is because consumers want sustainable materials from companies that do business the right way – and this is what Hydro is all about.”
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.