EGA’s Al Taweelah site recertified to ASI Performance Standards

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Emirates Global Aluminum’s (EGA) Al Taweelah site has been recertified to the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI) Performance Standard for its sustainability performance.

The ASI brings together metals and mining companies, aluminum end-users, and civil society to optimize aluminum’s contribution to a sustainable society. The ASI’s Performance Standard is the global benchmark for sustainability performance in the industry.

EGA’s Al Taweelah site was the first in the region to be certified to the ASI’s Performance Standard, in 2019. This recertification is the first for an aluminum smelter in the Middle East with zero ‘non-conformances’ issues that need to be rectified over the medium term to retain certification. EGA’s Jebel Ali site was certified to the ASI’s Performance Standard last year.

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“These Aluminum Stewardship Initiative certifications assure our customers that EGA is committed to helping them meet global consumers’ increasing expectations for responsibility. We will soon seek certification for other EGA sites, and then progressively our supply chain with the end goal that all our metal and bauxite is Aluminum Stewardship Initiative-certified.”

The recertification followed a rigorous, independent on-site audit of EGA’s environmental, social and governance performance at Al Taweelah, including biodiversity, human rights, transparency, community engagement, emissions, and waste management. It also covers EGA’s port, power generation, carbon plant, potlines, cast house, and waste management, including spent pot lining and dross.

In December 2017, EGA became the first Middle Eastern company to apply to join the ASI. EGA’s Al Taweelah site produces more than 1.5 million tons of aluminum each year, and all reduction cells use technology developed by EGA in the UAE.

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