Hammerer Aluminium Industries has achieved ASI Performance Standard Certification for its re-melting and casting facility in Ranshofen, Austria. The plant’s operations include the production of extrusion billets and rolling ingots from recycled aluminium scrap.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced that Hammerer Aluminium Industries has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard for its re-melting and casting operations. The company’s casted products are destined for various downstream uses including in the automotive, electronics, transportation, building and construction sectors.
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 audits of the Hammerer Aluminium Industries plant was carried out by TÜV Rheinland Cert GmbH.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “Our congratulations go to Hammerer Aluminium Industries on their ASI Performance Standard Certification. Basing their production on recycled aluminium scrap enables the company to make a significant contribution to a sustainable aluminium value chain, and their ASI Certification demonstrates an additional level of commitment to responsible production.”
“Driven by our purpose to create better and sustainable business processes we are very proud to join the ASI community. We are focused on continuous improvement in sustainable manufacturing processes and ethical, social and environmental responsibility”, emphasizes Rob van Gils, CEO of HAI-Group. And Markus Schober, Managing Director of Hammerer Aluminium Industries adds: “For us it’s important to ensure that all aluminium pre- and post-consumer scrap is recycled efficiently to maximise aluminium recycling rates and to contribute to a climate-neutral and circular economy. We see ASI as a baseline for a sustainable aluminium value chain.”
ASI Certification process
ASI’s Standards apply throughout the supply chain, from mining through to downstream sectors that use aluminium in their products. All current ASI members in the ‘Production and Transformation’ and ‘Industrial Users’ classes work towards their ASI certifications within two years of joining ASI.
ASI’s custom-built online assurance platform, elementAl underpins the entire certification workflow for both the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. First, elementAl’s user-oriented interface and workflows support the prospective company during the initial self-assessment phase and data is protected by a secure firewall. With a click, the company can make their relevant elementAl information accessible to their chosen auditor.
Auditors use elementAl to support audit planning, on-site verification and reporting. ASI reviews submitted audit reports for conformity with ASI’s assurance procedures as a final control, before the certification approval and certificate(s) are issued. Full ASI certification is valid for three years, usually with a surveillance audit at approximately 18 months.
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. It works towards responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium following an entire value chain approach. To this end, ASI launched its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard in December 2017.
ASI’s 110+ members include leading civil society organisations; companies with activities in bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, semi-fabrication, product and component manufacturing, as well as consumer and commercial goods, including the automotive, construction and packaging industries; industry associations and other supporters.
ASI continues to seek engagement with commercial entities and stakeholders in the aluminium value chain from across the world.