Jakarta (ANTARA) - Global nickel producer Nickel Industries (NIC) has reaffirmed its commitment to climate action by declaring its goal of a 50-percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050.

“Nickel Industries is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and developing products essential for the global energy transition and the sustainability of our operating environment,” managing director of NIC, Justin Werner, said in a written statement received here on Tuesday.

The company made the announcement at the World Climate Action Summit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the weekend, where it was one of the only two Indonesian mining operators in attendance.

According to Werner, Nickel Industries is proudly taking a leadership role in advancing the sustainability of Indonesia’s nickel industry.

Since its initial public offering, the company has established itself as a globally significant nickel pig iron (NPI) producer. It recently diversified into the ‘Class 1’ nickel electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain by converting some of its current production into nickel matte and acquiring an interest in the operating Huayue Nickel Cobalt High Pressure Acid Leach (HPAL) Project (HNC).

“Each incremental unit of HPAL nickel production decreases Nickel Industries’ carbon intensity, plus we have industry best practice tailings storage via dry-stack storage across our HPAL operations,’” Werner informed.

“We are implementing the most advanced third-generation HPAL processes with power consumption 70 percent lower than other HPAL plants and carbon emissions one-tenth of similar pyrometallurgical plants,” he expounded.

“These and other measures, including the adoption of renewable power sources across NIC’s operation to further decarbonize puts us on track to achieve a 50-percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050,” Werner said.

Nickel Industries’ commitment to a material reduction in greenhouse gas emissions has also been demonstrated by its 2022 binding agreement with renewable energy company PT Sumber Energi Surya Nusantara (SESNA) to develop, install, operate, and maintain a 200MWp + 20MWh battery solar project within the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) — the largest solar power project in the country. The project will power the NIC’s Hengjaya, Ranger, and Oracle Nickel processing operations.

Implementing heat recovery solutions to reduce coal consumption and transitioning to biofuels for its mining fleet are other measures that Nickel Industries has put in place to reduce its carbon footprint.

The company has earned numerous accolades for environmental responsibility, including the Green Proper Rating from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. It has rehabilitated around 2000 hectares of land in Central Sulawesi on which more than 2 million trees have been planted since 2019.

These efforts are expected to stimulate local economies with projected incomes of US$535 per hectare, which will begin streaming in eight years after plantation.

“Environmental sustainability is a core part of the Nickel Industries business. The company is committed to seeking zero harm for the environment and establishing a positive legacy in the regions it operates – from exploration to rehabilitation and closure,” Werner said.

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