“Nornickel acknowledges its responsibility as a sustainable and accountable metals producer,” Anton Berlin, the agency’s VP of gross sales and distribution, mentioned in a media assertion. “As demonstrated by our product providing’s carbon footprint in 2020, one of many firm’s key priorities is to be a worldwide chief in metals and mining with one of many business’s lowest ranges of greenhouse gasoline emissions. On the similar time, we intention to extend the manufacturing of metals very important for the inexperienced economic system.”
Nornickel’s 2020 carbon footprint was audited and licensed by EY in 2021 and it takes under consideration future emissions related to the launch of the sulphur programme on the Norilsk division.
The sulphur programme is a large-scale environmental venture designed to seize sulphur dioxide emissions on the Nadezhda metallurgical plant and the copper plant. As soon as absolutely carried out, it ought to decrease SO2 emissions by 45% by 2023, 90% by 2025 and 95% past 2030, in comparison with 2015 ranges.
At current, the carbon footprint of refined nickel produced by the corporate, together with a reserve for the Sulphur Programme 2.0 in 2020 is 8.1 kilograms of CO2-equivalent per kilogram of metallic; for copper, it’s 5.7 kilograms of CO2-eq/kg of metallic; for refined cobalt, it’s 19.2 kilograms of CO2-eq/kg of metallic; for palladium, it’s 20.9 kilograms of CO2-eq/g, for platinum, it’s 21.2 kilograms of CO2-eq/g of metallic; for rhodium, it’s 22.7 kilograms of CO2-eq/g of metallic; for gold and silver, it’s 2.6 kilograms of CO2-eq/g metallic.
In response to Berlin, Nornickel’s carbon footprint for its product providing is under the business common for many metals as a result of a excessive share of electrical energy provided by renewable sources.
“In 2020, renewable vitality sources accounted for 46% of complete electrical energy consumption by the Group and 55% of complete electrical energy consumption within the Norilsk Industrial District. Rising the share of unpolluted electrical energy use for industrial manufacturing is likely one of the firm’s strategic priorities,” he mentioned.