Qatalum is a joint venture owned by QatarEnergy and Norsk Hydro ASA. and is located at Mesaieed Industrial City operations in Qatar.
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Qatalum has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard for responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of aluminium for its facility at Mesaieed Industrial City, Qatar. Qatalum has an annual production capacity of 660,000 tonnes of primary aluminium foundry alloy and extrusion ingots that are used in a variety of industries including automotive, construction, engineering, and consumer goods manufacturing.
The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. The ASI CoC Standard V1 (2017) sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.
The independent, third-party audit of the Qatalum facility was carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “ASI congratulates Qatalum for achieving Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard Certifications. As the first dual ASI Certified company in Qatar, Qatalum is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability issues in a region where primary aluminium production has tripled in the last 10 years. ASI’s program provides a platform and pathway for continuous improvement and we look forward to Qatalum’s ongoing sustainability journey.”
Khalid Mohamed Laram, Qatalum CEO, said: “Qatalum is proud to have achieved ASI Certification. It is an important milestone that reflects the Company’s long-standing commitment to responsible and sustainable practices across its value chain. ESG performance is essential to doing business today and we are pleased to be able to offer ASI-certified aluminium products, which provides our customers and stakeholders the assurance of a globally recognized standard.