Drive circularity: reduce metal losses, design out waste and pollution, regenerate natural systems.
ASI’s goal is to shift the aluminium industry (and the sectors and people that benefit from its products and services) to a regenerative model that decouples growth from the consumption of limited resources.
ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) promotes circularity through resource efficiency, recycling and material stewardship, waste reduction, re-use and recovery and the rehabilitation of landscapes and industrial sites.
- Product design to enhance circular economy outcomes
- Minimisation of aluminium process scrap
- Segregation and separation of aluminium alloys and grades for recycling
- Collection and recycling of products at end of life
- Waste management and reporting – quantity of wastes, impacts and application of waste mitigation hierarchy
- Good practice technologies for bauxite residue storage and re-use by alumina refiners
- Optimising processes for the recovery and recycling of carbon and refractory materials from spent pot lining (SPL) from aluminium smelters
- Maximising the recovery of Aluminium from aluminium containing wastes
- Water stewardship, including assessment, management and disclosure
- Mine site rehabilitation using best available techniques
- The ASI Chain of Custody Standard provides a mechanism to support responsible sourcing
- Partnering with the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) to enable the use of IAI global material flow modelling as a basis for visualisation of ASI Material flows, in the context of global supply and demand.
- Contributed to CEWASTE, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, through its Advisory Board. The project created, validated and launched a scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant amounts of valuable and critical raw materials, such as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries.
- Partnered with World Resources Forum World Resources Forum on their Sustainable Recycling Industries ASI participated in an ISO workshop process to develop a global framework for the sustainable management of secondary metals. IWA 19:2017 guides economic operators of secondary metals value chains in the efficient and credible implementation of improved recycling practices, in particular in emerging and developing economies.
Meet ASI members
“The Body Shop (as part of Natura&co) is committed to packaging circularity, with a published target of having 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging materials by 2030, as well as additional commitments to ethical and sustainable sourcing of critical materials.
Aluminium is a highly reusable and recyclable packaging material for our products. However production of both virgin and recycled aluminium can entail significant social and environmental risks that require mitigation. We believe ASI is the leading multi-stakeholder collaboration with a mission to achieve responsible sourcing of aluminium at scale.”
– Heather Ducharme, Head of Sustainable Materials Procurement
“Aluminium is a key material for the circular economy. Materials that recycle forever contribute to a sustainable future. Recycling aluminium scrap requires about 5 percent of the energy used to make primary aluminium. Our aim is to enable a more circular economy through our remelt facility, where we sort and remelt used and scrapped aluminium. At Remi Claeys Aluminium Lichtervelde, more than 95% of the aluminium we use is recycled material, melted in our own remelting facility.”
– Filip Vinke – Managing Director
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