Aluminium Stewardship Initiative announced that three more Alcoa facilities, located in Spain, Iceland and Norway have achieved Certification against the ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The San Ciprián, Spain site was certified against the Performance Standard in July, 2019 for its aluminium smelting operations and has now extended the certification to its alumina refining activities. The Lista aluminium smelter and casthouse in Norway has achieved full Certification, while the Alcoa Fjardaál aluminium smelter and casthouse in Iceland has received 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 GL.
The Fjardaál 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.