Rio Tinto’s Kitimat Aluminium Smelter Achieves ASI Certification

Rio Tinto’s Kitimat Aluminium Smelter Achieves ASI Certification

The entirety of Rio Tinto Group’s aluminium operations in Canada is now certified against the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Standards after the organization announced the certification’s coverage of the BC Works smelter and Kemano Power Operations in Kitimat, British Columbia.

The announcement continued by noting that the certifications in question have been appended to the initial ASI Performance Standard Certificate first issued to Rio Tinto last March. The certificate now covers the entirety of Rio Tinto’s 1.6 million metric tons per annum located in the dominion.

ASI chief executive officer Fiona Solomon hailed the certification as an example for the entire industry.

“We applaud Rio Tinto for their continued leadership of the industry on responsible production, as a founding member of the ASI and through bringing certified aluminium to the market. We look forward to this positive example extending widely with voluntary pickup into downstream aluminium use sectors such as automotive, construction and packaging.”

“We are committed to leading the industry by meeting the highest international production standards and having ASI Certified Aluminium available to our customers globally, to respond to the increasing demand from end consumers for responsibly sourced products,” explained Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios.

“This is an essential step to unlock the full potential of aluminium as a key material in our modern world and grow its use in everything from phones to cars and buildings,” he continued.

“The ASI standards are now starting to be embraced along the value chain, with end users like Audi becoming certified,” opined Rio Tinto vice president sales and marketing and ASI Board member Tolga Egrilmezer. “Rio Tinto will be working closely with customers as the pioneer in this space to meet their needs for responsibly produced aluminium.”

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.