EGA’s Jebel Ali smelter receives ASI certification for its ESG performance

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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One of the world’s largest aluminum producers, Emirates Global Aluminum’s (EGA) Jebel Ali smelter has received certification from the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) for its strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.

An international standards-setting and ESG certification non-profit organization, ASI is the leading global authority on ESG performance for the aluminum industry. Its members are mining and metal companies, end-users like Apple and Nespresso, and non-governmental organizations, who work together to maximize aluminum’s contribution to a sustainable society.

In 2017, EGA became the first Middle East headquartered company to join ASI and later in 2019, it secured the ASI certification for its Al Taweelah smelter, the first in the region. The company has always worked towards improving its ESG performance while also hosting training sessions to motivate UAE companies who make products using EGA’s metal to engage with ASI.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban

“We are proud to again receive ASI’s esteemed stamp of approval with the certification of our Jebel Ali smelter. This ASI certification is a direct consequence of EGA’s steadfast commitment to improving our ESG performance and the overall sustainability of our business to ensure resilience into the future, in line with the goals set forth but our nation’s leaders. At EGA, we believe it is not enough to produce the metal that makes modern life possible and is integral to building a more sustainable future. It also matters how responsibly and sustainably our aluminum metal is made.”

Ms. Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We warmly congratulate EGA on achieving this certification for their Jebel Ali operations. Having already certified its Al Taweelah smelting operations in 2019, the first in the Gulf region to do so, both of the company’s smelting operations are now ASI Performance Standard certified. Their ongoing commitment to ASI Certification further underscores the company’s strong commitment to sustainability principles more broadly.”

The recent ASI certification was awarded following an independent audit of EGA’s practice and ESG performance at Jebel Ali. The audit considered various factors both directly and tangentially related to the company’s Jebel Ali operations, including their impact on biodiversity, human rights, transparency, community engagement, emissions and waste management.

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