Powering electric vehicles with low-carbon nickel

Vale’s Long Harbour refinery in Newfoundland, Canada is producing low-carbon nickel destined to power the next generation of battery electric vehicles.


This was made possible by Vale undertaking a $200 million R&D program and ultimately adopting state-of-the-art hydrometallurgy technology at the Long Harbour processing plant. This eliminated the need for smelting and smokestacks, reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing recoveries of valuable byproducts such as cobalt.

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million R&D program

The low carbon credentials of the Long Harbour nickel have been recently given third-party assurance from the Intertek Group, an independent assurance, inspection, product testing and certification company.

Commenting on the certification, Deshnee Naidoo, Executive Vice President of Vale Base Metals said,  “This verification shows we are delivering low-carbon products and committed to responsible carbon data management and transparency.”

Vale has pledged up to US$6 billion to cut absolute carbon emissions 33% by 2030 and lower value-chain emissions 15% by 2035, part of efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050.


More: Vale.com/esg


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