Carbon Emission Curves for Copper, Nickel, Iron Ore and Metallurgical Coal
Skarn Associates is pleased to announce the first release of its Carbon Emission Curves for the mining industry. These curves and underlying mine-by-mine data are available for copper, nickel, iron ore and metallurgical coal, covering global mine production excluding China.
These four commodities are vital inputs for the world economy, accounting for more than 50% of the total rock mined globally. In particular, nickel is growing in importance as a component of electric vehicle batteries, which has recently prompted increased scrutiny of its environmental footprint.
Skarn’s objective with this analysis is to quantify carbon emissions along the supply chain at a granular (asset) level. The analysis covers 2018 and 2019 Scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions1, plus freight and downstream processing. Our analysis is carried out according to carefully defined supply chain system boundaries, to facilitate like-for-like comparison of assets. We include emissions from mining activities, ore processing, transport and downstream processing, up to the first-use entry point. Skarn’s methodology is available for download from our website.
As defined by the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard ↩