The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) , of which ALFED is a member, has launched a certification programme for the aluminium value chain, focused on responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of this important industrial metal.
The new certification programme will cover all stages of the value chain for aluminium, including bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, semi-fabrication, product design and manufacturing, and recycling.
ASI members can now seek certification against ASI’s Standards. The ASI’s Performance Standard covers critical issues for the entire aluminium value chain including greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, material stewardship, biodiversity and human rights. ASI’s Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard links responsible production with responsible sourcing and thus increases the emphasis on sustainability issues in procurement. Implementation of both standards should see the first ASI aluminium available from 2018 or 2019.