Audi first to receive ASI Chain of Custody certificate

By Georgia Wilson
Audi becomes the first car manufacturer to receive an Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), Chain of Custody certificate...

In an announcement made by Audi AG, the company has become the first car manufacturer to receive an Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), Chain of Custody certificate.

The awarding certifies that Audi can comply with the materials flow chain for sustainably produced aluminum in line with ASI standards, as well as input correspondingly certified material to the Aluminum Closed Loop with its suppliers.

“In this way, the level of sustainability attested by the ASI is completely maintained, not only for components of car making but also for the process scrap from Audi press plants that is retained in the loop,” commented Audi.

“We are responsible for all of the people who are part of our supply chain. To future generations we owe respectful treatment of natural resources. Membership of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative is of enormous help to us in living up to this responsibility. Resource efficiency is the key to an industry that is fit for the future,” commented Dirk Gross-Loheide, Board Member for Procurement and IT at AUDI AG. 

The importance of aluminum

Dating back to the 1990s Audi has been using aluminum as a key material for its bodywork and chassis systems. As part of the Aluminum Closed Loop, Audi contributes to the use of the energy-intensive material in the most efficient way. 

“The Chain of Custody certificate of the ASI attests that the Audi press plants process correctly sorts and tracks certified material – and in consequence the seal of quality is also maintained for the scrap,” stated Audi.

In 2017, Audi’s Neckarsulm site was initiated into the Aluminum Closed Loop, followed by the Ingolstadt press plant in 2020. 2021 and beyond will see Audi’s site at Győr apply the Aluminum Closed Loop procedure. 

In 2019 alone Audi avoided 150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by using this method.

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