Metals and Mining - ESG Research

Our mission is to create forward-looking research connecting mineral economics, environmental and social impacts, and the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

We will be publishing ground-breaking mine-by-mine and company-by-company ESG research commencing Q2 2020 (Find out more).

Decarbonisation of the global economy will require significant growth in production of some mined commodities such as copper, lithium and other metals. The challenge facing mining companies is to meet this demand while reducing their environmental and social impacts. ESG impacts are becoming critical components of investment risk assessment.

Skarn Associates' objective is to independently quantify and forecast these impacts, based on a deep understanding of resource geology, engineering issues, and the intersection of mineral and environmental economics. Our approach to forecasting ESG impacts these principles:

  • Understand the assets: resources, production schedules, mining and process methods.

  • Benchmark key drivers: energy intensity, sources of energy, water consumption, land use.

  • Forecast ESG impacts - for instance, GHG emissions, based on projected operating rates, changes in energy intensity and energy source. The result is unique forward-looking and bottom-up ESG research, tailored to the requirements of fund managers, project financiers, mining companies, manufacturers (end-users of metal) and governments.

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ESG insights launching July 2020

Corporate ESG

Corporate Mining - ESG

Compare mining companies' key ESG metrics

Gold Mine ESG

Gold Mine ESG

Forward-looking mine-by-mine analysis; reconciling ESG impacts with underlying technical drivers

Copper Mine ESG Benchmarking Tool

Copper Mine - ESG

Forward-looking mine-by-mine analysis; reconciling ESG impacts with underlying technical drivers