Nornickel Commences Production of Carbon-Neutral Nickel
MMC Norilsk Nickel has started producing carbon-neutral nickel.
Carbon neutrality of nickel was made possible thanks to the company’s steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions at all stages of the production chain, from underground ore mining to processing and refining. Low carbon footprint has been achieved mainly through the upgrade of the hydro power plant that feeds Nornickel’s production facilities in the Norilsk Industrial District. Nornickel invests in energy modernization facilities, including the replacement of hydroelectric units at the Ust-Khantaiskaya hydro power plant. The share of renewable sources has thus increased in the company’s energy mix to 55% for the Norilsk Industrial District and 46% for the group.
Other steps to mitigate carbon footprint include the upgrade and repair of power equipment, rollout of the automated control and metering system, reduction of heat losses in buildings and pipelines, and decommissioning of obsolete power units.
In the coming weeks, Nornickel expects to receive conclusions from international accredited auditors confirming the methodology used to calculate the carbon footprint of nickel produced at Kola MMC (also known as the Kola Division) in Russia’s northwest and start shipping the new batch to consumers.