BHP to sign up to Copper Mark’s standard of ethical and environmentally safe copper production

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In a recent announcement, BHP has committed to become a responsible miner of copper. In a Letter of Commitment addressed to the Copper Mark Responsible Production Framework, BHP pledges to stand by the UN’s sustainable development goals. The Copper Mark is an independent framework and certification for credible assurance to demonstrate the industry’s copper production practices. It seeks to solidify environmentally sensitive practices within the industry.

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BHP is one of the world’s leading miners. It intends to include its mines in Escondida and Spence in Chile, and Olympic Dam, Australia under the ambit of these practices. These made up 1.5 million tonnes of copper production in FY20, said BHP.

This step is in line with the company’s plan to reduce emissions.

BHP Group Sales and Marketing Officer Michiel Hovers said, “We have set targets to reduce our emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and we have a goal of net zero emissions by 2050. In Chile, at our largest copper mine, we are aiming to achieve 100 per cent renewable power and 100% desalinated water.”

This move is also to recognise that BHP’s sustainability credentials are a critical factor for investors, employees, customers, communities, stakeholders and even end consumers.

Mr Hovers added “The Copper Mark accreditation is an important step in developing an industry-wide approach to transparency and standards for the copper value chain.”

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