The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) last week announced the certification of seven of Atlanta’s rolled aluminium firm Novelis’ operations in Europe under its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Certification.
On Thursday, ASI announced the certification of Novelis’ twin operations in Nachterstedt, Germany, the rolling, coating and surface finishing facility in Goettingen, Germany, and the casting, rolling, and finishing operations at Sierre, Switzerland under its Performance Standard for responsible aluminium production.
Also certified, though provisionally, was Noelis’ aluminium casting and rolling plant in Bresso, Italy, its aluminium casting and rolling plant in Pieve, Italy, and its aluminium recycling facility in Latchford, United Kingdom. The provisional status to the certifications at these facilities will be removed upon a physical site visit by the independent auditors, who were unable to inspect those facilities in person due to coronavirus restrictions.
Emilio Braghi, Senior Vice President and President Novelis Europe, highlighted the importance of these new certifications.
“Receiving ASI certifications for both the Performance Standard and the Chain of Custody for seven further sites represents an important next step in Novelis’ long-standing commitment to sustainability, transparent reporting and customer-focused achievement. This achievement demonstrates to our customers that we are committed to delivering ASI Aluminium and shows our commitment to realizing a more sustainable future.”
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 SZI GmbH.
ASI’s CEO Fiona Solomon hailed the firm for its longstanding commitment to sustainability.
“We sincerely congratulate Novelis on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certifications at these seven European facilities, in addition to the expansion of their Chain of Custody certification scope. As a founding ASI member, we are pleased to see Novelis’ strong commitment to certifying their Europe-based operations and to principles of recycling and circular economy more broadly. The combined production capacity of these plants is significant, and the assurance that they are following responsible production practices is an important achievement.”
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue. The world’s largest recycler of aluminium, Novelis conducts operations in ten different countries, employs around eleven thousand people, and reported US$10 billion in revenue for the most recent fiscal year.
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.