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Our aluminium smelter at Lochaber, Scotland, ALVANCE British Aluminium has achieved ASI Performance Standard certification.
Aluminium slab products from Lochaber, Britain’s only smelter, supply multiple downstream sectors in the UK and Europe, and have a low carbon footprint as the plant is powered by hydroelectricity.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that ALVANCE British Aluminium has been provisionally certified against the ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The plant’s smelting operations provide an annual capacity of 50,000t of primary aluminium.
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.
Tom Uppington Managing Director of ALVANCE British Aluminium said: “The ASI certification is considered to be the gold standard for sustainable production in the industry and I’m delighted that the Lochaber Smelter’s operations have been recognised in this way.
Lochaber is emblematic of ALVANCE’s GREEN ALUMINIUM vision – we produce high value, low-carbon, essential metal using renewable energy. The ASI accreditation is an acknowledgement of the work each and every member of our staff do every day to deliver on our sustainability ambitions – this certification belongs to them and I’m very proud of their achievement.”
ALVANCE’s hydro-electric plant and aluminium smelter at Fort William, Scotland, is featured in an episode of the BBC TV series Great Coastal Railway Journeys.
Presenter Michael Portillo speaks with Lead Project Engineer at the smelter, Tom Baillie.