Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, has announced the development of a method and model for measuring the carbon footprint of all its products.
Sphera Solutions Gmbh has approved the approach based on the from-cradle-to-gate principle and complies with ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.
“Nornickel realizes its responsibility as a sustainable and responsible metals producer,” said Anton Berlin, the company’s vice president of sales and distribution, in a statement to the media. “One of the company’s primary aims, as evidenced by our product offering’s carbon footprint in 2020, is to become a global leader in metals and mining with one of the lowest levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the sector.” At the same time, we want to boost metal manufacturing, which is essential for the green economy.”
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Nornickel’s 2020 carbon footprint was evaluated and verified by EY in 2021, and it includes future emissions related to the Norilsk division’s sulfur program launch.
The sulfur program is a large-scale environmental project to capture sulfur dioxide emissions from the copper and metallurgical plants in Nadezhda. Compared to 2015 levels, it should reduce SO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2023, 90 percent by 2025, and 95 percent beyond 2030 once fully implemented.
Currently, the carbon footprint of refined nickel produced by the company is 8.1 kilograms of CO2-equivalent per kilogram of metal, including a reserve for the Sulphur Programme 2.0 in 2020; for copper, it is 5.7 kilograms of CO2-eq/kg of metal; for refined cobalt, it is 19.2 kilograms of CO2-eq/kg of metal; for palladium, it is 20.9 kilograms of CO2-eq/g, for platinum, it is 21.2 kilograms of
Nornickel’s carbon footprint for its product offering, according to Berlin, is lower than the industry average for most metals, thanks to a significant share of renewable energy.
“2020 must mark a renewable energy source account for 46% of the Group’s overall power consumption and 55% of the Norilsk Industrial District’s total electricity usage. He said one of the company’s strategic aims is to increase the share of clean electricity used in industrial output.