The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has certified the Icelandic aluminium smelter of Century Aluminum Company, Grundartangi Island, against ASI's Performance Standard. This standard covers the responsible production, procurement and management of aluminium. The plant's operations include an aluminum smelter and a foundry, which are powered by hydropower and geothermal energy.
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 audit of the Norðurál facility was carried out by DNV GL.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We warmly congratulate Century Aluminum and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Norðurál Grundartangi ehf, on their ASI Certification, the first in Iceland and the first drawing on geothermal power. A focus on sustainability is essential throughout the aluminium value chain, and aluminium smelting and casthouses are a critical supply chain activity. We thank them for their commitment to ASI and look forward to their continued participation in our initiative.”
“Gunnar Guðlaugsson, CEO of Norðurál Grundartangi ehf, said “We are very proud to receive the ASI Performance standard certification. It demonstrates our commitment to operate in a sustainable manner, focus on continuous improvements and responds to a strong request for a responsible aluminum production where the goal is to minimize the environmental impact.”