German automobile manufacturer Audi AG became the first downstream aluminium firm to be certified against ASI’s Performance Standard earlier this week. Audi received certification for its assembly process and sourcing for the aluminium components of high-voltage batteries C-BEV for the Audi e-tron.
Global standards and certification organization The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certified Audi’s plants at Neckarsulm, Györ, and Brussels, which qualifies Audi as the Initiative’s first “Industrial User” company. The certification measures product design, life cycle assessments, management of process scrap, and the collection and recycling of the plants’ products at the end of their operational lives.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, noted the importance of such certifications as the electric car market expands.
“ASI sincerely congratulates Audi AG on their achievement of the first ASI Certification by an Industrial User. ASI’s standards have application throughout the aluminium value chain, including in downstream use sectors such as automotive which aim to support future mobility. The rapidly growing electrical vehicle market is expected to create significant drivers for the uptake of responsible supply chain standards. Downstream users of aluminium also have a critical role to play in embedding material stewardship principles in design, life cycle analyses, closed-loop scrap management and end-of-life product strategies. Audi has contributed to the development of ASI since the early days of the initiative and we commend them on their commitment and drive to reach this important milestone.”
“Audi stands for sustainability along the entire supply chain,” said Member of the Board of Management for Procurement and IT at Audi, Dr. Bernd Martens. “The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative has created transparency with its new certification program.”
ASI’s certification is the product of a consultation process among the various stakeholders in the aluminium value chain, and is to date the world’s only such certification. Bureau Veritas Austria made an independent audit of Audi as part of the certification process.
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.