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Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Alcoa Massena smelter against ASI Performance Standard (Provisional)

Alcoa has achieved ASI Performance Standard Certification (Provisional) at its smelting and casting operation at Massena, New York, USA. The plant is known as the longest continually operating aluminium facility in the world, established in Massena in 1902 to take advantage of the region’s abundant hydro power. The plant’s annual production of primary aluminium is around 360,000 tonnes.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Alcoa has been successfully certified against ASI Performance Standard with Provisional status for its smelter and casthouses in Massena, New York. The plant has received Performance Standard 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 Business Assurance Services UK Ltd. The 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 “ASI congratulates Alcoa on achieving Performance Standard Certification with Provisional status at the Massena, New York plant – one that is steeped in history, both for the aluminium sector and industrial development of the region. The plant’s hydro-based renewable energy has supported its operation for 120 years. Over that time, the facility has continued innovating to meet the challenges of a constantly changing sustainability landscape. The achievement of ASI Certification is a demonstration of this commitment.”

“Earning certifications from ASI aligns with our vision to reinvent the aluminum industry for a sustainable future,” said John Slaven, Alcoa’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. “This recognition for Massena is welcome news for the facility’s 120 years of continual production and the important work that our employees do there every day to consistently improve for the benefit of our customers, communities and the environment.”

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