The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced certification for two more plants under the Norsk Hydro umbrella yesterday, namely the Paragominas bauxite mine and the Alunorte alumina refinery in northern Brazil.
The ASI said the two operations passed certification for both its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. Hydro’s scrap re-melting and casthouse operations have been previously certified under the ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard, allowing it to produce ASI-certified recycled aluminium. Yesterday’s certifications permit the firm to begin producing primary aluminium that bears the ASI’s seal of approval.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, congratulated Hydro for its achievement and complimented the firm for the commitment to sustainability the certification represents.
“Hydro has achieved yet another milestone by extending their Performance and CoC Standard certifications to the start of its value chain at the bauxite mine, becoming only the second vertically integrated ASI Member to do so. ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard is designed to drive implementation of responsible practices from end to end in the aluminium value chain. Certification against both ASI Standards creates a connection to metal production and sourcing, supporting market choice for responsibly produced aluminium. We congratulate Hydro on their strong commitment to ASI, demonstrated by the achievement of their 6th Performance Standard Certification and 2nd CoC Certification covering a range of business units.”
“The ASI certification of Paragominas bauxite mine and Alunorte alumina refinery is an important milestone in our commitment and efforts to produce aluminium raw materials according to the highest industry standards for responsibility and sustainability, and to deliver certified products to our customers and the rest of the aluminium value-chain,” noted Hydro’s Executive Vice-President of Bauxite & Alumina John Thuestad. “We are prepared to be held accountable for the way we operate, and these certifications add obligations to our ambition to not only maximize the benefits of aluminium in use, but also to minimize the impact of producing it. We are now one notable step closer toward our goal of going to market with products and solutions that are ASI certified throughout the entire value-chain.”
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.