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Sustainability

At Altus, our objective is to minimise the environmental impact of our Aluminium manufacturing and operational activities.

Our Objective

To meet this objective, we have put in place a number of programmes that will deliver zero waste and zero incidents in the workplace.

Below are a number of these:

  • Lean Manufacturing, which reduces waste and improves worker safety and operational performance.
  • Recycling of Aluminium both at a manufacturing and Fabrication level including packaging and construction site waste.
  • Gate to Gate is an Altus initiative to reduce and manage the environmental impact of the aluminium throughout its journey from the NZAS gate to yours.
  • Building for climate change is a partnership with MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) working on reducing emissions from buildings during their construction & Operation.
  • NZAS - New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter. Altus is a proud partner with Rio Tinto and the NZAS Aluminium Smelter in Bluff, New Zealand. NZAS produces some of the world’s cleanest aluminium.

Lean Manufacturing

The Principle of lean manufacturing, which form part of our overall strategy are:

  • To avoid creating waste wherever possible.
  • To recycle waste products where avoidance is not practicable.
  • Preference for suppliers who adopt similar green policies.
  • Reduce our energy use wherever possible.
  • Use zero or low VOC (volatile organic compounds) products wherever possible.
  • The promotion of green principles within the organization and to all stakeholders.
  • To provide a healthy and safe workplace for all staff.
  • To choose workplace environments that have been designed with green principles.
  • To do our best to reduce the environmental impact of our existence for the benefit of all stakeholders and our community

Recycling of Aluminium

Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely as reprocessing does not damage its structure.

Aluminium is also the most cost-effective material to recycle. Reprocessing the scrap uses about 5% of the electricity needed to produce the original primary aluminium and its CO2 emissions footprint is significantly smaller. This makes aluminium a very successful and environmentally friendly recycled product.

By recycling your aluminium you will reduce your cost of waste to landfill and ensure that an important resource is not wasted.

Scrap aluminium from manufacturing, building demolition, and market collections achieves high sale values and is readily purchased, making aluminium one of the most successfully recycled products used in the construction industry.

Gate to Gate

Gate to Gate is an Altus initiative to reduce and manage the environmental impact of the aluminium throughout its journey from the NZAS gate to yours.

This includes Transportation, Manufacturing, Packaging, Fabrication and Recycling of any off cut metal.

We are working with our trusted partners to ensure the very best outcomes for Home Owners and for the for New Zealand environment.

Building for climate change

With guidance from MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) Altus are working on reducing emissions from buildings during their construction and operation, while also preparing buildings to withstand changes in the climate.

For more information on MBIE's new Building for Climate Change programme, visit:

NZAS - New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter

In addition to our work with Gate to Gate, Lean Manufacturing and working with MBIE, Altus is a proud partner with Rio Tinto and the NZAS Aluminium Smelter in Bluff, New Zealand.

NZAS produces some of the world’s cleanest aluminium at approx. 2Mt CO2-e/t Al, compared to China which is predominately coal @ ~18t/CO2 per t/Al.

To learn more about NZAS, START and their environmental performance; read below or visit:

Following the announcement last month that Rio Tinto became the world’s first company to be re-certified (Performance Standard) by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) for its Atlantic assets they are pleased to share the re-certification for our Pacific assets including Gove and Weipa bauxite mines (including related port facilities and power stations), Yarwun Alumina Refinery, Bell Bay and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters and Rio Tinto Aluminium Headquarters in Brisbane has now been achieved.

The ASI Certification program is the only independent and comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the Aluminium value chain. It sets out specific requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. It links verified practices at successive steps in the supply chain to products produced by ASI Certified Entities.

Ensuring our products remain the material of choice is critical for driving sustainable supply chains across Asia Pacific in key segments such as automotive, packaging and electronics.   The re-certification of our Pacific assets demonstrates our commitment to Responsible Aluminium and meeting our customers growing expectations for bauxite from Gove and Weipa and Aluminium from Bell Bay and NZAS where we produce some of the highest quality metal anywhere in the world. said Tolga Egrilmezer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Rio Tinto Aluminium.

We warmly congratulate Rio Tinto on achieving the second ASI Re-Certification.  This re-certification which is for Rio Tinto’s Pacific operations follows the world’s first re-certification of the ASI Performance Standard last month for their Atlantic operations. With 22 sites now certified for Performance and Chain of Custody certifications, Rio Tinto has been a pioneer in ASI as a founding member and the first ASI Certification in early 2018. Today, there are 53 companies globally that have been ASI Certified, and many more underway. It is really encouraging to see the ASI program maturing to the next round of certifications with this milestone announcement,” said Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative” said Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative.

Today’s milestone follows our recent launch of START Responsible Aluminium. START stands for Sustainability, Traceability, Assurance from Rio Tinto and is another Aluminium industry first bringing radical transparency to our ESG credentials. It is the nutrition label for our products and showcases our ASI credentials. It is available now to customers for the full chain of custody.