The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced last week the certification of Oetinger Aluminium GmbH’s Weißenhorn and Neu-Ulm facilities under the ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V2 (2022) Certification. This new certification is the first in Europe under the new CoC standard.
Both plants together produce about 180 thousand metric tons per year of aluminium casting alloy in ingot and in liquid form. Oetinger was certified under version two of the ASI Performance Standard in 2021.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, said in a press release that liquid aluminium offered several significant advantages over other varieties.
“We congratulate Oetinger Aluminium GmbH on achieving certification against the new ASI CoC Standard V2 at its two recycling facilities in Germany. The company’s liquid aluminium metal from recycled scrap offers a range of advantages to its customers in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental sustainability, including from energy savings during transport and the avoidance of remelting for downstream production. Now, with CoC Certification in place, customers of Oetinger Aluminium can also leverage the sustainable properties of its metal through the use of on-product claims.”
Lubomir Pajonk, CEO at Oetinger Aluminium GmbH, said that the certification demonstrated his firm’s dedication to sustainability.
“Achieving ASI CoC certification is one of the important milestones for our team in our plan to reach carbon neutral production. But it also underscores our commitment to continue on the sustainability production path. It is a solid foundation for our company’s further development in selected markets while maintaining a competitive advantage, especially against unethical suppliers. The entire team will continue to focus on developing low-carbon solutions on the way to our customers and thus contribute in part to carbon-stable recycling.”
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 GUTcert (AFNOR Group).
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.