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ASI News - November 2016

 

Halfway through public comment period on ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard 

We are now one month into a two-month public comment period on the draft ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard and accompanying Guidance document. Comments and feedback from all interested stakeholders are invited during this period, which runs until 23 December 2016. A French translation of the draft CoC Standard is also now available.

The ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard is being developed as a means to connect assurance about business’ practices under the ASI Performance Standard, to claims about aluminium and responsible sourcing. It covers both primary and secondary (recycled) production, throughout the aluminium supply chain.  

Last week, more than 50 people attended webinars on the CoC Standard to learn more about the proposed standard and its requirements. A recording of the first webinar and a copy of the slides are both available on the ASI website. A few seats are also still available at ASI's CoC Workshop in London on Monday December 5 from 10-11.30am, kindly hosted by the London Metal Exchange. To register, click here.

An area where the ASI Standards Committee is particularly seeking feedback is the proposal for a Market Credits system, as an alternative to the Mass Balance model for downstream supply chain participants where direct supply is not achievable. An FAQ on this proposal has been developed to provide more background and several specific questions included in the comments form.


For all drafts and supporting material for the draft ASI Chain of Custody Standard and comment period, visit: http://aluminium-stewardship.org/asi-standards/chain-of-custody-standard/ ... so far more than 300 unique visitors have been to this page since the consultation period opened! We look forward to receiving your feedback by the end of the year.

Please contact the ASI Secretariat with any questions or comments: 
info@aluminium-stewardship.org 

ASI and IAI sign collaboration MOU 
 

The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and ASI have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in their respective efforts to support continuous improvement in the performance of the global aluminium industry and the sustainable use and recycling of its products.  

The five-year MOU brings the two organisations together to share measurement, reporting and verification frameworks, selected industry data and issues monitoring capabilities on, among other things, the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy use, waste and risk management. 


For more information, see the media release on the ASI website.

ASI MEMBERSHIP NEWS

ASI's membership has grown with 3 new members this month, bringing ASI's total membership to 38.  ASI is delighted with the expanding participation in our program and warmly welcomes all of our new members!

For more information about ASI membership, visit the Join ASI page on our website.

AMAG Austria Metall AG joins ASI as Production and Transformation member
 

AMAG is a supplier of primary aluminium and semi-finished aluminium products in selected markets. With integrated production facilities in Ranshofen (cast house and rolling mill) and alignment with market requirements, AMAG has a high level of experience and metallurgical competence in aluminium. Their raw material basis is secured through a shareholding in the Canadian smelter Alouette and access to the aluminium scrap market. 

"AMAG participated from the early stages of ASI in collaboration with fellow member Constantia Flexibles, and we are delighted that they are now joining in their own right. We look forward to their continued engagement and technical contributions to the development of ASI's certification program," said Dr Fiona Solomon, CEO of ASI. 


For more information, visit www.amag.at 
 

Can Manufacturers Institute joins ASI as Associations member
 

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) is the national trade association of the metal and composite can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 124 billion food, beverage and other metal cans; which employs more than 20,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $13.3 billion in direct economic activity.

"One of the most recognisable forms of aluminium to consumers is the aluminium can, so we are extremely pleased to have CMI join ASI as an Associations member. Their extensive expertise in these markets will bring valuable insights to ASI's work on material stewardship and recycling in particular," said Dr Fiona Solomon, CEO of ASI. 


For more information, visit www.cancentral.com
 

CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre joins ASI as Associations member


The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII Godrej GBC) – a premier developmental institute for green practices & technologies – demonstrates how green can make good business sense. CII Godrej GBC works closely with all stakeholders with a vision to facilitate India emerge as one of the global leaders in green businesses by 2022. 

In the words of Mr K S Venkatagiri, Executive Director, CII – Godrej GBC:  "CII is glad to be a part of ASI and to support its mission to foster greater responsibility in aluminium production and supply chains. With its rich experience in furthering Indian businesses, active membership network and engagement with all stakeholders, CII will be glad to explore opportunities to advance ASI goals and achieve the desired results."


For more information, visit www.greenbusinesscentre.com

NEW ON THE ASI WEBSITE

New Standards Committee minutes

Minutes of ASI Standards Committee meetings are published on the ASI website. Minutes for 12 October 2016 are now available at:
http://aluminium-stewardship.org/asi-standards-committee/

 

Draft Chain of Custody (CoC) - Public Consultation

The CoC page has been updated with all the consultation materials for the current comment period, including a French translation of the draft CoC Standard.  Please visit:
http://aluminium-stewardship.org/asi-standards/chain-of-custody-standard/

UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us at ALUMINIUM 2016!  Next week on Wednesday November 30, ASI will be presenting a workshop on the CoC Standard with GDA members in the morning, and at a session during the Conference program at 3.40-4pm. 

ALUMINIUM 2016 is being held November 29-December 1, in Düsseldorf, Germany. Click here to get your free ticket!
Save the date!  ASI will hold its 2017 Annual General Meeting and Stakeholder Event on Tuesday April 4 in Montreal. Registrations for interested stakeholders will open in December.  

The program will include formal AGM proceedings for ASI members, keynote speakers, updates on ASI progress, information and consultation opportunities for ASI's standards, and briefings on the ASI assurance model and auditor accreditation.

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