The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) said Wednesday that ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque achieved certification to its Performance Standard.
Currently Europe’s largest aluminium smelter, the Dunkerque plant produces more than 284 thousand metric tons each year. The plant, which employs almost 600 workers, specializes in aluminium slab and ingot that are used to produce value-added products for several of the continent’s industries.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, congratulated the plant on its achievement.
“We warmly congratulate ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque on its ASI Performance Standard certification. By certifying these operations, the company is demonstrating that they are not only an important industry player in terms of production volume, but also in terms of their commitment to sustainable production of aluminium. We will follow with great interest the progress on their goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.”
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 S.A.
Amélie Hennion, Managing Director of ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque, noted the importance of ASI certification to the plant.
“We are very proud of this milestone towards our objective to be a leading sustainable and carbon-neutral aluminium company. ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque is committed to operating and serving its customers in a sustainable manner. While we have always been at the forefront of such requirements, the ASI certification is a great recognition of the work everyone at our plant is doing to establish our sustainability credentials.”
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.