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CRU – ASI Sustainability Data Integration

Latest info: 2024 // Project active since: 2021 

  • Sustainability data integration between CRU Group (‘CRU’) and ASI. 
  • Provide a more comprehensive view of the information on assets in the aluminium value chain for CRU’s and ASI’s stakeholders. 
  • Regular mapping of assets in the aluminium value chain with ASI Performance Standard and CoC Certification status, followed by data integration in the CRU Emissions Analysis Tool. 
  • The project contributes to ASI’s long-term climate goals by achieving a medium-term outcome: providing access to relevant GHG emissions data. This data can provide evidence of changes and gaps, driving sector-wide climate change mitigation and adaptation within below 1.5oC scenario.

In 2021, CRU Group (‘CRU’), the global mining, metals and fertiliser business intelligence company and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (‘ASI’), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on sustainability data integration to provide a more comprehensive view of the information on assets in the aluminium value chain. The first step was to map bauxite, alumina, aluminium smelting, and rolling mill assets with ASI Performance Standard and CoC Certification status, which was later integrated in CRU Emissions Analysis Tool. The Tool was designed to benchmark greenhouse gas emissions in metals, fertilizers, and mining commodity value chains on a like-for-like basis. It allows access to information on assets within ASI Certified Entities, to filter greenhouse gas emissions benchmarking curves by certification status, as well as understand certification along specific supply chains. New ASI certifications and re-certifications are regularly updated into the CRU database.

Learnings & recommendations

Access to GHG emissions asset-level data enabled ASI to conduct analyses on CO2 emissions from assets, and the land requirements for energy production for aluminium smelters, all certified under the ASI Performance Standard. In the future, it is recommended to extend these analyses and investigate the climate impacts of ASI Certified assets in a global context.

One of the challenges to ensure accuracy in mapping is careful review of each Entity’s Certification Scope, including close attention to the activity and type of material covered. ASI Certifications can include several Facilities in their Certification Scope, hence several assets can be mapped against one ASI Certification.

ASI reflections

ASI’s co-operation with CRU (on this and other areas) has been very successful and valuable for both parties.

ASI will continue to co-operate on alignment of data, process scopes and, in particular, supply chain data. This is expected to allow the future development of cumulative carbon footprints as materials flow through successive processes/assets/Entities.

Forward looking CRU data on asset emissions will also be used to test Entity GHG Pathways slopes and associated GHG Emissions Reduction Plans, sharing, where necessary, with ASI Auditors for specific Certifications. Such data can also be used to understand where potential non-conformances may lie in the future as well as the projected sectoral performance over time.



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