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This is how top polluter China plans to be greener by 2025

8th March 2021 China’s journey toward carbon neutrality took its first major step Friday as the country announced goals to slow emissions in the next five years. The country plans to reduce carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 18% through 2025, and energy use per unit of GDP by 13.5%, Premier... 

Sibanye says AngloGold, Gold Fields fit acquisition strategy

8th March 2021 Sibanye Stillwater said Johannesburg-based gold miners AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields would both fit with the company’s acquisition strategy. “They fit into the category of gold producers we have publicly been saying we are looking at,” said James Wellsted, a spokesman for Sibanye. He... 

Norsk Hydro strikes $1.6bn deal to sell assets to KPS

8th March 2021 Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, is selling its rolling business to private equity firm KPS Capital Partners in the hope of improving profitability. Hydro will sell the operations, which include seven plants and about 5 000 employees, to KPS for an enterprise value of... 

World’s top nickel producer sets out end-to-end battery ambition

5th March 2021 Indonesia laid down its plans to have a complete battery production line onshore, with a state-owned holding firm to be set up by June. The country has drafted an “end-to-end development” plan that would see four state firms supplying nickel ore, processing nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate,... 

Green revolution gets more expensive as copper price surges

4th March 2021 Look just beneath the surface of many of the technologies powering the energy transition and there’s a red metallic glint. Copper is a vital part of green infrastructure from grids to wind turbines, and a recent price surge threatens to make decarbonization more costly. Copper has doubled from... 

Rare earth, uranium miners benefit from EV mania and dash of ESG

4th March 2021 Rare earth miners and uranium producers are reaping rewards from the flood of money pouring into electrification and ESG investing themes. Lithium producers have been more traditional beneficiaries of EV and the green energy push. But more recently, rare earth producers have also started to... 

Copper to stay tight on long path to new supply, top miner says

3rd March 2021 One of the world’s biggest copper companies has good and bad news for buyers hit with the highest prices in almost a decade. On the bright side, prices are already well above the incentive level for new projects that would help ease the supply squeeze. Unfortunately, it can take twice as long to... 

Gold miner dividends trump copper counterparts – until 2022

2nd March 2021 Gold bugs will be rewarded with richer dividend prospects than copper-company investors this year, though such perks may be short lived. Miners of the precious metal are expected to more than double dividends this year to outpace the 75% hike of copper producers, according to Bloomberg dividend... 

Ramaphosa halts hunt for reserve South African finance chief

2nd March 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa sought to identify a backup option in case Finance Minister Tito Mboweni left his post, but abandoned the search because he couldn’t find a suitable alternative, according to four people familiar with the situation. While some of the nation’s most prominent policymakers... 

Mining deals to pick up as world reopens, leading adviser says

2nd March 2021 Deals among cashed-up mining companies are poised to pick up once lingering uncertainties from the pandemic dissipate, according to the most-active investment bank in the industry. Miners are flush with cash and ready to expand through acquisitions, with resurgent demand and supply shortfalls... 

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