Russian Federation aluminium giant UC Rusal said yesterday that five of its aluminium smelters achieved certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative under its Performance and Chain of Custody standards.
The five Rusal aluminium smelters newly certified by the ASI are Boguchansky aluminum smelter (BoAZ), Bratsk aluminum smelter (BrAZ), Krasnoyarsk aluminum smelter (KrAZ), KUBAL (Kubikenborg aluminum AB), and Sayanogorsk aluminum smelter (SAZ). The independent audit of these five facilities was conducted by DNV GL.
The newly-certified plants join four other Rusal aluminium smelters and other facilities certified by the ASI. Last year Rusal’s production facilities at Boksit Timana (bauxite mining), Urals aluminium smelter (alumina refining), and Irkutsk aluminium smelter (aluminium smelting, casthouse and alloys production) came under ASI certification along with the firm’s headquarters.
Evgenii Nikitin, Rusal’s Chief Executive Officer, said the certifications are the product of his firm’s focus on sustainability.
“The expansion of the ASI certification serves as additional confirmation of our success in implementing best ESG practices. Despite the volatility of the global market, RUSAL always follows sustainable principles and strives to actively participate in the new, low-carbon reality, meeting the demand for products with minimal impact on the environment.”
Rusal says it will continue to pursue more ASI certifications for its facilities in the future.
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.