Sustainability accreditation for Novelis mills in Europe

Novelis, an international supplier of aluminium coil to canmakers, has received the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification for seven more of its manufacturing sites in Europe.

The ASI is an industry-led scheme to drive up environmental, social and ethical standards among members.

The Novelis facilities located in the UK, Germany, Italy and Switzerland provide aluminium to the company’s beverage can customers, as well as the majority of its specialities clients. The company also provides recycling services.

“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 senior vice president and president Novelis Europe, Emilio Braghi.

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

The Performance Standard seeks to promote sustainability in aluminium value chains, while the Chain of Custody standard applies not only to the awardee’s plants and practices, but also to the metal used all the way from production to the end of its journey through the value chain.

The Canmaker reported earlier this month that Atlanta-based Novelis raised its sustainability targets, saying it wanted the company to become net carbon-neutral by 2050 or sooner. Novelis also said it would reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2026.

“Our ambition is to be the world’s leading provider of low-carbon, sustainable aluminium solutions that advance our business, industry and society toward the benefits of a circular economy,” said Novelis chief executive, Steve Fisher.

In March, The Canmaker reported that Novelis joined an industry group of canmakers, canstock suppliers and recyclers who pledged to achieve a 100 per cent recycling rate for aluminium cans by 2030.

Novelis said the ASI certification of the German sites it acquired when it bought the American aluminium producer Aleris last year had begun and it expected them to be complete by the second half of 2021. The company said it was aiming for all its sites, no matter their location, to gain ASI certification by the end of 2022.