Rio Tinto gets nod for responsibly produced aluminium

Rio Tinto Gove alumina plant. Image: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto has been given independent verification that all of its Canadian operations offer responsibly produced aluminium.

It comes as the company had the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s (AS) chain of custody certification extended to include its BC Works smelter and Kemano power operations in Kitimat, British Columbia.

The certification provides verification that material can be traced through a ‘chain of custody’ spanning Rio Tinto’s Gove bauxite mine in Australia to its alumina refinery, aluminium smelters and casthouses in Quebec and British Columbia.

The company has been at the forefront of the responsible production for the aluminium industry, having been a founding member of the ASI, according to Rio Tinto Aluminium vice president sales and marketing Tolga Egrilmezer.

“This certification continues Rio Tinto’s leadership on responsible production,” Egrilmezer said.

“It increases the availability of ASI certified aluminium in a range of markets, giving customers the ability to offer end consumers products made with aluminium that meets the highest sustainability standards.”

ASI chief executive officer Fiona Solomon applauded Rio Tinto’s commitment to the initiative since joining as a founding member and continuing to extend the reach of ASI certified operations.

“This successful chain of custody certification demonstrates ASI’s potential to create impact through voluntary uptake of its program,” she said.

“We are seeing the positive upstream examples like this one now extending into downstream aluminium use sectors such as automotive, construction and packaging, and this is very encouraging.”

The latest ASI certification at the BC Works smelter and Kemano power operations follows Rio Tinto being awarded chain of custody approval last year at other Canadian operations.

This covered five of its aluminium smelters, the Vaudreuil refiner, casting centres, port and railway facilities in Quebec, Canada.

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