5 October 2021

IOM3 welcomes ICMM commitment to net zero by 2050

Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have committed to a goal of net zero scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Gold Field’s Agnew Renewables Plant (Western Australia) © Gold Fields

This landmark commitment was made in an open letter signed by the CEOs of ICMM’s company members.

IOM3 CEO Colin Church CEnv FIMMM responded, stating, ‘This is a very welcome - and necessary - commitment from ICMM member companies to deliver a real reduction in the emissions under their direct control. The materials and minerals produced by these mining companies are essential for modern life, and underpin the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient society that we need to see in the next three decades.’

ICMM stated that they recognise the contribution we can make in this regard, not only in supplying essential minerals and metals, but in building the resilience of our host communities and countries.

In a statement, Rohitesh Dhawan, CEO, ICMM, said, ‘As the suppliers of the minerals and metals that are critical to decarbonisation and sustainable development, we have a particular responsibility to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment. ICMM members’ collective commitment to net zero scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2050 is a pivotal moment in our history.’

The open letter, signed by ICMM member companies is publicly available below.