MOSCOW, December 16, 2021 (Newswire.com) - Nornickel, headed by Vladimir Potanin, and the world's largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, has developed a methodology and model for calculating the carbon footprint for all products manufactured by the Company.
This methodology for calculating the Company's carbon footprint is based on the from-cradle-to-gate principle, which complies with ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 and is certified by Sphera Solutions Gmbh, a leading European environmental and sustainability consultant.
Nornickel's actual carbon footprint for 2020 has been audited and certified by EY in 2021. The carbon footprint takes into account future emissions associated with the launch of the Sulphur Programme in the Company's Norilsk division.
The carbon footprint of refined nickel produced by the Company, including a reserve for the Sulphur Programme 2.0 in 2020, was 8.1 kg of CO2-equivalent per kilogram of metal; copper — 5.7 kg CO2-eq/kg of metal; refined cobalt — 19.2 kg CO2-eq/kg of metal; palladium — 20.9 kg CO2-eq/g, platinum 21.2 kg CO2-eq/g of metal, rhodium 22.7 kg CO2-eq/g of metal, gold and silver 2.6 kg CO2-eq/g metal.
For most metals, the Company's carbon footprint for its product offering is below the industry average, due to a high share of electricity supplied by renewable sources. In 2020, renewable energy sources accounted for 46% of total electricity consumption by the Group and 55% of total electricity consumption in the Norilsk Industrial District. Increasing the share of clean electricity use for industrial production is one of the Company's strategic priorities.
Anton Berlin, Nornickel Vice President, Sales and Distribution, said: "Nornickel recognises its duty as a sustainable and responsible metals producer. As demonstrated by our product offering's carbon footprint in 2020, one of the Company's key priorities is to be a global leader in metals and mining with one of the industry's lowest levels of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, we aim to increase the production of metals vital for the green economy."
MMC Norilsk Nickel is a diversified mining and metallurgical company, the world's largest producer of palladium, high-grade nickel, and a major producer of platinum and copper; it also produces cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium, sulphur and other products. Nornickel shares are listed on the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Stock Exchanges; ADRs are traded over the counter in the U.S. and on the London, Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges.
In the world's first, Nornickel launched the carbon-neutral nickel output this year, in line with its 2014 ESG strategy to reduce its environmental footprint, including the use of renewable energy sources, which has been certified by international auditors, EY and Sphera GmbH. Carbon-neutral nickel is listed on the Vienna, Austria stock exchange by Nornickel's Global Palladium Fund (NiC0).
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Source: MMC Norilsk Nickel