Russia-based palladium and nickel producer Nornickel has unveiled a methodology and model for calculating the carbon of all its manufactured products.
A statement said the methodology is based on the ‘from-cradle-to-gate' principle, which complies with ISO 14040 and ISO14044 and is certified by Sphere Solutions, a European environmental and sustainability consultant.
It explained that the carbon footprint for 2020, audited and certified by EY in 2021, considers future emissions associated with the Sulphur Programme in its Norlisk 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.
Anton Berlin, Nornickel Vice President, Sales and Distribution, said the company had a "duty as a sustainable and responsible metals producer" to find ways to cut emissions.
"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," Berlin said.
"At the same time, we aim to increase the production of metals vital for the green economy."