Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) became the first company in the Middle East to achieve Certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Standard. ASI’s certification recognises EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter for its sustainability practices.
EGA – the first Middle East headquartered company to join ASI – produces over 1.5 million tonnes of aluminium each year and has been in business since 2009. The certification follows an in-depth assessment of EGA’s practices in relation to environmental, social and governance standards, including biodiversity, human rights, emissions and waste. ASI’s certification covers EGA’s aluminium smelting facilities at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi.
Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “People around the world are rightly concerned that the products they use every day to make their lives better do not harm other people or the planet. Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certification provides assurance to our customers, in industries from automotive to electronics, that EGA is committed to helping them meet global consumers’ increasing expectations for responsibility. This is an important milestone for EGA and we intend to seek certification for other facilities in the future.”
Our Al Taweelah site has received certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative Performance Standard. The ASI certification is the industry's internationally recognised standard for sustainability performance and governance. Learn more: https://t.co/0vy1ROeFPK pic.twitter.com/E2UoLcVWOF
— Emirates Global Aluminium (@egaofficial) May 15, 2019
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, said: “ASI congratulates EGA as the first Middle-East-based member to achieve ASI Performance Standard Certification. We are proud to hear how the ASI Certification process has impacted in a positive way on different areas of EGA’s operations, including in relation to biodiversity. It is these kinds of stories of change that underscore the importance of ASI’s work program and remind us why the ASI Standards were developed.”
EGA released its first sustainability report in 2017. The company pays close attention to sustainability and launched several initiatives to spearhead research in sustainable practices, including re-using carbon dust – a by-product of aluminium smelting – for use as alternative fuel. EGA supplies aluminium to more than 350 customers in over 60 countries.
ASI is a global non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. Its members are mining and metal companies, end-users, and non-governmental organisations. ASI’s certification is the aluminium industry’s internationally recognised standard for environmental and social performance and governance. ASI aims to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable development.
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