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Ball receive Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certifications

Ball becomes first Can maker in India to receive Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certifications for its manufacturing plants

Ball Beverage Packaging India, a leading producer of infinitely recyclable aluminum beverage cans, today announced that it has earned Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certifications for its beverage can manufacturing plants in Taloja, Maharashtra and Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The certification, a first in India, indicates that Ball has met ASI’s rigorous environmental, social and governance principles.

ASI is a multi-stakeholder initiative that provides assurance of responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium throughout its value chain. Ball’s facilities in Taloja and Sri City join a growing list of Ball’s can making plants that have been certified, starting with all of its EMEA plants in 2020 and extending to its first South American plants in 2021.

Commenting on the ASI certification for India, Mr. Amit Lahoti, Senior Director and General Manager, Ball Beverage Packaging, Asia said “The ASI certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and enables our customers to embrace certified responsible sourcing practises for aluminium. By continuously evaluating and improving the aluminium supply chain, ASI certification will help India to achieve its carbon reduction targets, to develop a truly circular economy, and to respond to the growing demand from consumers for sustainable packaging.”

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s scheme aims to do for aluminium what the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) did for paper and wood, making sustainability performance a mainstream, visible issue. Ball’s plants in India have achieved both ASI’s Performance, and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard certifications.

The ASI Performance Standard is a measure of how much effort Ball is making across its plants to assess, manage and disclose its environmental, social and governance impacts. These include issues such as life-cycle thinking, recycling, greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste management, biodiversity, business integrity and the human rights of both workers and local communities.

The ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain. In Ball’s case, it links verified practices – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – from mining and remelting to casting, rolling, can manufacturing and filling.

With 75% of aluminium ever produced still in use today around the world, aluminium has a vital role in creating a truly circular economy. Aluminum cans are the world’s most recycled beverage package, with recycled metal saving 95% of the energy compared to the production of virgin aluminium. Ball is partnering with like-minded organisations in India to increase the collection of used beverage cans and initiate the best methods, policies and actions to achieve a fully circular aluminium beverage packaging system.

For further information, please contact:

Ball Beverage Packaging India Pvt Ltd
KS Ganesan
M: +91 70450 02970
E: ks.ganesan@ball.com

About Ball Beverage Packaging India Pvt Ltd

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 21,500 people worldwide and reported 2020 net sales of $11.8 billion.

In India, Ball has three state-of-the-art facilities: two beverage can facilities in Taloja in Maharashtra and Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, and one aerosol packaging facility in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Beyond the Indian market, these three plants cater to the markets in the ASEAN, middle-east and Africa regions.

About ASI

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation.  It is the result of producers, users and stakeholders in the aluminium value chain coming together with a commitment to maximising the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society.

ASI’s objectives are to:

To define globally applicable standards for sustainability performance and material chain-of-custody for the aluminium value chain

To promote measurable and continual improvements in the key environmental, social and governance impacts of aluminium production, use and recycling

To develop a credible assurance and certification system that both mitigates the risks of non-conformity with ASI standards and minimises barriers to broad scale implementation

To become and remain a globally valued organisation advancing programs for sustainability in the aluminium value chain, which is financially self-sustaining and inclusive of stakeholder interests.

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Preety Chaudhary/New Delhi/Updated on: February 10th 2022