#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Nornickel has started producing carbon-neutral nickel. This became possible thanks to offsetting measures to reduce CO2 greenhouse gas emissions at all stages of finished product production – from mining to enrichment and refining.
“The neutralization of the carbon footprint was achieved mainly due to the modernization of the hydroelectric power station supplying the production facilities of Nornickel in the Norilsk industrial region”, the press service of the company said.
As a remind, Nornickel is investing heavily in the modernization of energy facilities, including the replacement of hydroelectric units at the Ust-Hantayskaya HPP. The share of the hydroelectric power station in the energy balance reached 55 percent in the Norilsk industrial region and 46 percent in the entire group.
In addition, the modernization and repair of power equipment, the introduction of an automated control and accounting system, the decrease in heat loss in buildings and on pipelines, the optimization of equipment, and the decommissioning of obsolete power plants also contributed to the reduction of the carbon footprint of manufactured products.
After receiving the international accredited auditors’ confirming of the methodology for calculating the carbon footprint of nickel produced at the Kola MMC, the company plans to start shipping a new batch to consumers.
“We are pleased to announce the start of production of the first batch of carbon neutral nickel. The release of such a metal became possible not due to the purchase of CO2 emission quotas, but due to the company’s efforts to reduce emissions. This proves once again that our company responsibly shares the global environmental agenda. It is important for us that the effect of measures to reduce CO2 emissions is not a one-off; it cumulatively reduces the harmful load on the environment”, said Yevgeny Borzenko, head of the Kola division of Nornickel.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Norilsk Nickel press service