PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals this week announced a target to achieve net zero Scope 3 emissions by 2040, addressing emissions across its entire global value chain, including crude steel manufacturing which accounts for 98% of the company’s Scope 3 emissions.
The company told shareholders that its approach to reducing Scope 3 emissions would be to develop projects and technologies with a focus on reducing emissions from iron and steel making and to work with current and prospective customers on the application of the technology and the supply of green hydrogen and ammonia from Fortecue’s energy arm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI).
Fortescue will also prioritise the decarbonisation of its own fleet of eight ore carriers and engage with shipping partners to reduce, and aim to eliminate, emissions from shipping.
FFI is targeting the production of 15-million tonnes of green hydrogen annually by 2030, which will underpin opportunities to work with customers and shipping partners on emissions reduction and elimination projects.
“Climate change is the most pressing issue of our generation and at Fortescue, setting stretch targets is at the core of our culture and values and we are proud to set this goal to tackle emissions across our value chain,” said CEO Elizabeth Gaines.
“Fortescue has commenced its transition from a pure play iron-ore producer to a green renewables and resources company, underpinned by the world’s first major carbon emission heavy industry operation to set a target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. This Scope 3 target is consistent with this transition and complements our targets for Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction.
“Collaboration is integral to driving the rapid transition to green energy, and we remain committed to actively engaging with our customers, suppliers and other key industry participants to facilitate the reduction of emissions. This includes the development of technologies and the supply of green hydrogen and ammonia through FFI, which will provide significant opportunities for the steel, cement and land and sea transport industries to decarbonise,” Gaines said.
In addition to the long-term goal to achieve net zero Scope 3 emissions by 2040, Fortescue has also set a number of medium-term targets, including enabling a reduction in emissions intensity levels from the shipping of Fortescue’s ores by 50% by 2030 from 2021 levels, enabling reduction in emissions intensity levels from steel making by Fortescue’s customers of 7.5% by 2030 from 2021 levels, to 100% by 2040.
To achieve these targets, Fortescue and FFI are focused on accelerating a number of key initiatives including the conversion of existing maritime vessels, including Fortescue’s fleet of ore carriers, to be fuelled by green ammonia, supporting the adoption of green ammonia in new vessel construction, pursuing opportunities for emissions reduction and elimination in iron and steel making, facilitated by the use of renewable energy and green hydrogen, and researching and development work to produce green iron and cement from Fortescue ores at low temperatures without coal.
FFI CEO Julie Shuttleworth said the investments in technologies and research and development are focused on demonstrating that the production of cement, iron and steel can operate with renewable energy.
“Our work to decarbonise Fortescue’s iron-ore operations will position Fortescue as the first major supplier of green iron-ore in the world, paving the way for production of green iron and a new green steel industry,” Shuttleworth said.