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9 December 2020

Alcoa has achieved ASI Performance Standard certification for its facilities in San Ciprián (Spain), Fjardaál (Iceland) and Lista (Norway). The facilities’ combined activities include alumina refining, aluminium smelting, the production of aluminium sows, ingots and T-bars and the production of aluminium rod, as well as the development and production of aluminium extrusion ingots, foundry metal and manufacture of anode briquette.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that three more Alcoa facilities, located in Spain, Iceland and Norway have achieved Certification against the ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The San Ciprián, Spain site was certified against the Performance Standard in July, 2019 for its aluminium smelting operations and has now extended the certification to its alumina refining activities. The Lista aluminium smelter and casthouse in Norway has achieved full Certification, while the Alcoa Fjardaál aluminium smelter and casthouse in Iceland has received Provisional Certification under the ASI Interim Policy regarding Audits, Audit-Related Travel and Coronavirus, which clarifies the reasonable accommodations that can be made to audit plans in consideration of the current COVID-19 situation.

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 audits of the Alcoa facilities were carried out by DNV GL.
The Fjardaál audit was undertaken as a ‘desktop’ exercise with a remote review of relevant documentation. Some criteria requiring on-site evaluation by the auditor will be evaluated when an on-site audit can be scheduled.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We congratulate Alcoa on these three ASI Performance Standard Certifications in Europe, which extend the company’s certifications to 13 sites, including three bauxite mines, five alumina refineries and five aluminum smelters and casthouses. These new certifications demonstrate Alcoa’s continuing strong leadership in supporting ASI’s mission to create a more responsible aluminium value chain.”

“Alcoa has a strategic priority to advance sustainably, which includes financial, environmental and social outcomes, and our progress toward validating responsible production is a reflection of our commitment,” said Rosa García Pineiro, Vice President of Sustainability for Alcoa. “We congratulate our employees at these European locations for their work in earning this certification and operating with excellence.”

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