In July 2021, Nornickel produced its first batch of certified carbon-neutral nickel cathodes.
Nornickel achieved this through a joint strategy of upgrading its energy assets and introducing steps to cut CO2 emissions all every stage of its production chain.
Since 2018, Nornickel has been implementing a strategy focused on upgrading its energy assets. This includes replacement of hydro and thermal power station units feeding the Norilsk Industrial District, modernisation and repair of energy equipment, installation of automated control and metering systems, reduction of heat loss in buildings and pipelines, equipment optimisation, and decommissioning obsolete power units.
In 2020, the company announced a comprehensive environmental and climate change strategy aimed at reducing its environmental footprint, keeping total Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions under the GHG Protocol below 10 mtpa.
Thanks to the energy efficiency improvements, by cutting greenhouse gas emissions at all stages of the production chain, from underground ore mining to processing and refining, Nornickel has made the production of carbon neutral metal possible.
The first batch of carbon-neutral products totals 5 kt of nickel cathodes produced by the Group’s Kola Division.
The volume of carbon-neutral shipments will increase as emissions are reduced and carbon savings are verified by an auditor. Nornickel plans to release up to 10 kt of carbon-neutral nickel in 2021.