Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, has announced the development of a free-to-use platform for mining suppliers to calculate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in an effort to decarbonize the industry.
The Chilean miner has partnered with the Bank Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Alta Ley Corporation, and the Association of Industrial Mining Suppliers (Aprimin) on the project. Codelco said the objective is to measure, manage and minimize the carbon footprint of the sector’s inputs and products.
“Being part of this initiative represents a great opportunity for mining suppliers, as it constitutes a concrete way to contribute to the industry’s [sustainability] commitments,” said Sergio Hernández, executive director of Aprimin.
The pioneering tool will be offered through a user-friendly and secured web platform. Suppliers will enter information related to energy consumption, fossil fuels and transport services associated with the production and supply of their goods and/or services to obtain their respective carbon footprint. This calculation, which will be private information, will help them to measure, challenge and set goals to reduce their carbon footprint.
Project leaders said the calculation will allow mining suppliers to differentiate themselves from others and have their emission efforts recognized. It will also help miners to select those suppliers that have the lowest footprint and emissions.
The carbon footprint calculator is slated to be available in the second half of 2022.