Codelco will create a carbon footprint calculator for mining suppliers

After having declared its commitments in terms of sustainable development by 2030, in particular the reduction of its carbon footprint by 70% and carbon neutrality by 2050, Codelco is developing a free platform allowing supplier companies to calculate their gas emissions at greenhouse effect (GHG), in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Alta Ley Corporation and the Association of Industrial Mining Suppliers (Aprimin).

This project aims to measure, manage and minimize the carbon footprint of the inputs and products it receives from mining, which will provide the industry with a measurement platform, a service that was not available so far for this industry.

“As the main Chilean public company and the largest producer of a key raw material for the main trends of a sustainable society, such as electromobility and the various clean energy production systems, we have a responsibility to promote this commitment throughout our value chain. and join supply companies so that together we can make progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” commented Codelco Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Renato Fernández.

The projection is that, in the near future, this carbon footprint calculator, which will be available on a free platform at 2:22 a.m., will make it possible to positively discriminate between suppliers with lower footprints and lower GHG emissions into the atmosphere.

“The IDB mining team, with funding from the Swedish government, supported the Chilean government in formulating a guide for measuring emissions in the copper mining supply chain. As part of the efforts to pilot the said methodology and our Vision 2025 for the development of the region, we celebrate the initiative and actions of Codelco for the decarbonization of the mining sector Raising public awareness of effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions and building resilience through procurement practices is key to achieving climate goals,” added Martin Walter, IDB Infrastructure and Energy Specialist.

The carbon dioxide calculator for mining products and services developed by Codelco will be accessible to all industry suppliers, as well as other companies in the sector, which will allow progress in the measurement and reduction of emissions of Scope 3 GHGs (indirect emissions produced in a company’s value chain) of large mining companies.

“Being part of this initiative represents a great opportunity for mining suppliers, as it is a concrete way to contribute to industry commitments,” said Sergio Hernández, Executive Director of Aprimin.

The tool will be offered through a user-friendly web platform containing confidential information. Suppliers must enter their information parameters related to energy consumption, fossil fuels and transportation services associated with the production and delivery of their goods and/or services, and they will obtain their respective carbon footprint. This calculation, which will be private information, will help them measure themselves, challenge themselves and establish their own objectives for reducing their footprint.

“Furthermore, this initiative will enable supplier companies to differentiate themselves and recognize their efforts to reduce GHG emissions as part of their attributes, thus strengthening development programs for this key segment of the industry’s value chain. mining. We want to promote and improve the commercial and technological capacities of our suppliers so that they are seen, valued and selected by large national and international mining companies, generating sustainable production chains over time”, concluded Víctor Pérez, director of Minería Verde and project leader, High Law.

In this way, Codelco, in collaboration with IDB, Alta Ley and Aprimin contribute by adding a new tool so that many small, medium and large mining-related suppliers join the global challenge of transitioning to a low-carbon economy. carbon emissions and achieving the country’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/technology-digitalisation/22042022/codelco-to-create-carbon-footprint-calculator-for-mining-suppliers/

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