Russia’s Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) has started production of carbon-neutral nickel, said the company on June 21.
The company has successfully cut greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions at all stages of production, from underground mining to refining. The company upgraded its hydropower plant feeding Nornickel’s production facilities in Norilsk Industrial District to cut emissions.
The company has also upgraded and repaired power equipment, rolled out automated controls and metering systems, reduced heat losses in the buildings and pipelines, and decommissioned obsolete power units.
Several companies are going green and cutting carbon emissions. Nickel production generates around 18mt of carbon dioxide per mt of metal produced. After receiving inquiries for nickel from companies including Apple and Tesla, the company planned to develop a carbon-neutral batch, as announced earlier this month.