Novelis says its European aluminium manufacturing facilities serving all Automotive and Beverage Can customers, as well as a majority of its Specialities customers, have been awarded the Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).

This follows the ASI certifications Novelis announced last year for its plant in Ohle, Germany and its joint venture, Alunorf.

The recent certification of Novelis’ seven European plants in Sierre, Switzerland; Göttingen, Nachterstedt Recycling, Nachterstedt Rolling, Germany; Latchford, UK; Pieve and Bresso, Italy, strengthens the company’s ability to meet increasing needs of its customers for independently certified, sustainable aluminium.

In addition, the supplier maintains ASI certifications underline its ambition to be the world’s leading provider of low-carbon, sustainable aluminium solutions, while reducing its carbon footprint 30% by 2026 and being net carbon neutral by 2050, or sooner.

“Receiving ASI certifications for both the Performance Standard and the Chain of Custody for seven further sites represents an important next step in Novelis’ long-standing commitment to sustainability, transparent reporting and customer-focused achievement,” said Novelis Europe SVP & president, Emilio Braghi.

“This achievement demonstrates to our customers we are committed to delivering ASI Aluminium and shows our commitment to realising a more sustainable future.”

The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain.

The ASI Chain of Custody Standard complements the ASI Performance Standard, certifying not only the plants and their practices but also the physical metal produced and processed through the value chain.

“We sincerely congratulate Novelis on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certifications at these seven European facilities, in addition to the expansion of their Chain of Custody certification scope,” said ASI CEO, Fiona Solomon.

“As a founding ASI member, we are pleased to see Novelis´ strong commitment to certifying their Europe-based operations and to principles of recycling and circular economy more broadly.

“The combined production capacity of these plants is significant and the assurance they are following responsible production practices is an important achievement.”

The certification of Novelis’ plants in Koblenz and Voerde, Germany, which were acquired last year as part of the company’s purchase of Aleris, are underway and expected to be completed by the second half of this year. That will result in achieving certification across all Novelis’ manufacturing facilities in Europe. 

Novelis aims to achieve ASI certification for both the Performance Standard and Chain of Custody in all the regions in which it operates with a target of achieving the certifications within the next 18 months.

The regional certification programmes will be tailored to support regional customer demands.