Albras – Alumínio Brasileiro S/A has achieved ASI Performance Standard and ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard certification for its smelting and casting activities at the Barcarena, Brazil facility. The plant produces primary aluminium, as well as aluminium foundry alloy ingots, which are primarily destined for the automotive sector.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Albras has been successfully certified against both the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. Albras plant, located in Barcarena (Brazil), has an annual production capacity of 460,000 tonnes and has Hydro, also an ASI Member, and NAAC (Nippon Amazon Aluminium co.) consortium as its shareholders.
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 ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.
The independent, third-party audits of the ALBRAS facility were carried out by DNV GL.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We sincerely congratulate Albras and its shareholders, Hydro and NAAC, on achieving the dual ASI Certification. As the largest producer of primary aluminium in Brazil, the achievement of this certification is an important demonstration that the plant has responsible production practices in place. We are pleased that Hydro is not only progressing with ASI Certification at its wholly owned facilities, but also through its joint ventures, with this latest bringing Hydro’s total ASI Certifications to 12.”
“ASI certification is the result of many improvements developed over the past few years and consolidates Albras in an important international position. Our company prioritizes people, has standardized processes and controls its entire production chain, focusing on sustainability”, says João Batista Menezes, Albras’ president.