Jakarta (ANTARA) - Nickel Industries is committed to supporting the sustainability of the environments and communities in which it operates, according to the sustainability manager of the company, Muchtazar.

“In terms of climate and clean energy transition, we are proudly taking a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint and supporting the sustainability of the environments and communities in which we operate,” he said in a statement received in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Nickel Industries has committed to a 50-percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2035 and net-zero emissions by 2050, goals that were first announced at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai last year, he said.

During the 2024 ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, he informed that Nickel Industries is continuing to forge strong partnerships across borders to foster growth and development.

He said that Nickel Industries is an Australian public company, which owns a portfolio of mining and low-cost downstream nickel processing assets in Indonesia, a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The company has a long history in Indonesia, with controlling interests in the world-class Hengjaya Mine as well as four rotary kiln electric furnace (RKEF) projects that produce nickel matte for the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain and nickel pig iron (NPI) for the stainless-steel industry.

Having established itself as a globally significant producer of NPI, the company is now rapidly transitioning its production to focus on the EV battery supply chain.

Recently, he said, the company has converted some of its existing production from NPI to nickel matte and also acquired a 10-percent interest in the Huayou Nickel Cobalt (HNC) HPAL project, adding mixed hydroxide precipitate (MHP) to its product portfolio.

Nickel Industries is now embarking on its next transformative step, announcing a positive final investment decision to invest in Excelsior Nickel Cobalt (ENC), a next-generation HPAL project capable of producing MHP, nickel sulfate, and nickel cathode, he disclosed.

ENC will produce approximately 72 thousand tons of nickel metal per annum, diversifying its production and reducing its carbon emissions profile – reflecting the company’s strong commitment to sustainable operations.

He said that Nickel Industries’ operations demonstrate how Australia and ASEAN can cooperate to achieve mutual benefits in the areas of trade, investment, and sustainable development.

Nickel Industries stands as a testament to the strength of Australia-ASEAN cooperation, embodying the principles of partnership, innovation, and sustainable development, he added.

Through its strategic vision and commitment to shared values, the company is paving the way for a brighter future of collaboration and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Nickel Industries’ operation reflects the common vision and interests of Australia and ASEAN, as well as its commitment to regional stability, prosperity, and sustainability.The company’s achievements could also inspire more opportunities for collaboration and innovation between Australia and ASEAN in the future, he said.

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