Health and environment

The Nickel Institute promotes sound science, risk management and socioeconomic benefit as the basis for public policy and regulation.

Nickel and nickel compounds are key enablers for technologies that will be critical in tackling the pressing future challenges such as climate change, public health, water scarcity or food safety. The performance, durability and recyclability of nickel-containing materials mean that they can positively contribute to sustainability. At the same time, any potential health or environmental impacts should be measured, understood and managed.

The nickel industry seeks a regulatory framework that is consistent and predictable, one which is based on science, takes a full lifecycle perspective and an extended impact assessment approach.

A risk-based approach, one that is based on reliable scientific opinion, is vital in ensuring that potential risks are properly managed and that people and the environment are properly protected.

The balance between the risks and benefits at all stages of the lifecycle, from mining to recycling, need to be fully understood and assessed. This will create greater clarity on the socioeconomic impact of any proposed measures. It will also let stakeholders understand and balance the costs and benefits for society and the economy arising from using vital materials such as nickel and nickel compounds.

Legislation is important for protecting workers, consumers and the environment from any risks that may stem from using chemicals and metals. At the same time, it is also important to ensure that any legislative initiatives on chemicals or metals are consistent with other policy objectives to prevent regulatory contradictions and inconsistencies. In addition, the contribution of metals such as nickel and nickel compounds in delivering other important policy objectives, such as the low-carbon and circular economies need to be taken into account. They also have roles as key materials for many future technologies. A sustainable future can only be achieved by balancing proportionate, predictable and sound legislation against the appropriate risk management.

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