Novelis has announced that three of its plants in North America that produce material for the beverage can market have been awarded Performance Standard Certifications by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).

This achievement recognises Novelis' responsible manufacturing practices by ASI, a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. Together with the company's strong focus on the circular economy and industry-leading levels of recycled content across its product range, the certification demonstrates Novelis' ambition to be the aluminium industry leader in sustainability.

The certifications for the Greensboro, GA, Berea, KY, and Warren, OH, plants further strengthens Novelis' ability to meet customers' growing demand for sustainable aluminium solutions in the beverage packaging market and beyond. The company has been delivering ASI-certified material since August 2021 in Europe, South America and Asia.

"This certification is the latest step in our sustainability journey and demonstrates our unwavering commitment to providing sustainable aluminium solutions to our valued customers," said Tom Boney, Executive Vice President and President, Novelis North America. "Aligned with our purpose of shaping a sustainable world together, we aim to collaborate and inspire our suppliers, customers and partners throughout the entire value chain to participate in these responsible practices."

The ASI Performance Standard addresses environmental, social and governance principles for the production of aluminium, assuring that the ASI-certified organisation's production practices are responsible.

"Novelis aims to achieve ASI Certification in all its plants worldwide. The completion of these ASI certifications are part of our ongoing commitment to being a responsible partner to our customers and working with them to achieve their sustainability goals," said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Vice President of Sustainability. "Adherence to the standards provides a clear indication of the care and commitment that certified companies share regarding human rights, climate change, the environment and circularity with regard to aluminium manufacturing."

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, "We sincerely congratulate Novelis on achieving these three Performance Standard Certifications among their North American operations. These plants are significant nodes in the North American beverage can market, with one of the plants recycling approximately 20% of the region's UBCs. We are delighted to see Novelis' ongoing ASI Certification journey continue to extend through its global operations."

Novelis' plant in Pindamonhangaba, Brazil, has also earned the ASI Performance Standard Certification. Novelis has also achieved both the Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Certifications by ASI at all of its 11 European manufacturing sites and all rolled aluminium products of Novelis Korea are now sourced and produced in accordance with the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. The regional certification programs are tailored to regional customer requirements.

Novelis is aiming to be a carbon –neutral company by 2050 or sooner and to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2026. In addition, the company has targets to reduce waste to landfills by 20%, energy intensity by 10%, and water intensity by 10% by 2026. Increasing the amount of recycled aluminium in its products is at the core of Novelis' carbon reduction strategy.