Challenges

Society cares more and more about sustainability and needs to know more about the materials that contribute to a sustainable future. Nickel is one of those materials.

Nickel is an element. As such, it cannot be created (the resource base is finite) nor destroyed (it is persistent in the environment). Its attributes - corrosion resistance, high-temperature stability, strength, ductility, toughness, recyclability, as well as catalytic and electro-magnetic properties - are supportive of the needs of sustainability. Thus nickel in various forms ends up playing hundreds of roles in thousands of products and applications. Indeed it is ubiquitous in today's economic and social life but is largely unseen by people.

At the same time, there are specific health and environmental hazards associated with nickel which have to be managed as well as environmental impacts to be reduced.

Further information on the contribution of nickel to a sustainable society can be found by going to Nickel in Tomorrow's World