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18 February 2022

ALVANCE British Aluminium has achieved ASI Performance Standard certification with Provisional status for its smelting and casting operation at Lochaber, Scotland. Aluminium slab products from Lochaber, Britain’s only smelter, supply multiple downstream sectors in the UK and Europe, and have a low carbon footprint as the plant is powered by hydroelectricity.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that ALVANCE British Aluminium has been provisionally certified against the ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The plant’s smelting operations provide an annual capacity of 50 kt of primary aluminium.

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 British Aluminium facilities was carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We congratulate ALVANCE British Aluminium for achieving provisional ASI Certification at its Lochaber plant, the only aluminium production plant in the UK and one with over 90 years of operation. Long before climate change was a concern, this plant produced aluminium with a low carbon footprint due to the hydroelectric power it draws from. The ASI Performance Standard’s 59 environmental, social and governance criteria go well beyond assessing carbon emissions, and the plant’s initial ASI Certification provides a platform and direction for continuous improvement.”

Tom Uppington Managing Director of ALVANCE British Aluminium said: “The ASI certification is considered to be the gold standard for sustainable production in the industry and I’m delighted that the Lochaber Smelter’s operations have been recognised in this way. We are committed to delivering a market-leading low-carbon product and the ASI certification will give confidence to aluminium customers looking to demonstrate sustainable supply chains. Lochaber is emblematic of ALVANCE’s GREENALUMINIUM vision – we produce high value, low-carbon, essential metal using renewable energy. The ASI accreditation is an acknowledgement of the work each and every member of our staff do every day to deliver on our sustainability ambitions – this certification belongs to them and I’m very proud of their achievement.

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