ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque has achieved ASI Performance Standard certification for its smelting and casthouse operation in Dunkerque, France. The plant produces aluminium by electrolysis of alumina in the form of rolling slabs and ingots.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque facilities has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. It is the largest primary aluminium smelter in Europe and specialises in the manufacture of aluminium slabs and ingots, which are destined for use across a range of value-added applications in the transport, automotive, packaging, building and construction industries. The site produces over 284,000 tonnes of aluminium per year and employs almost 600 staff.
The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. The independent, third-party audit of the ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque facilities was carried out by GUTcert (AFNOR Group).
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “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.”
Amélie Hennion, Managing Director of ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque said, “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.”