The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced this week the certification of American aluminium scrap recycler Real Alloy’s facilities in Michigan and Ohio under its ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V1 (2017) Certifications.
The ASI certified Real Alloy’s aluminium scrap recycling at its Coldwater South plant, and for the production of wrought and cast alloys at its Coldwater North facilities in Michigan. The Michigan plant’s primary products include molten aluminium, deox cones, and specification alloy sows. Meanwhile, the plant’s casting facilities produce several bespoke aluminium alloys used in the automotive sector.
Real Alloy’s headquarters in Ohio also won certification for its central, strategic, and administrative functions. The firm’s North American facilities join two aluminium production plants and its European headquarters, both of which are located in Germany, as being certified under the ASI’s standards.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said in a press release that Real Alloy has a track record of sustainable production processes.
“We congratulate REAL ALLOY on achieving dual ASI Certification for its Global HQ in Ohio, and recycling and casting facilities at Coldwater, Michigan. One of ASI’s goals is to effect positive change in the performance of entities involved along the aluminium value chain, including increased transparency. As part of seeking ASI Certification, REAL ALLOY North America published their first sustainability report to meet disclosure requirements of the ASI Performance Standard and share data and information on relevant ESG issues with stakeholders. Coupled with CoC Certification, REAL ALLOY’s North American business unit are supporting responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.”
ASI’s Performance Standard is the product of consultations with a multitude of stakeholders throughout the aluminium value chain, which ASI asserts is the sole comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative in the aluminium sector. The standard defines 59 criteria categorized in three sustainability pillars that cover several issues, including biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. Third-party audit of the certification was conducted by ERM Certification and Verification Services.
Terry Hogan, President and CEO of Real Alloy, expressed his firm’s happiness at the new certification.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved our first ASI certifications in North America, for both the Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. As an aluminum recycling company, Sustainability is core to our business, beliefs and values. Our products carry a very low carbon footprint, and these important certifications verify they are being produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.”
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association brings together the various stakeholders in the aluminium industry in order to achieve objectives including sustainable production methods, material chain-of-custody procedures, recycling, social impacts related to aluminium production, and production standards.