- TMC’s second annual Impact Report outlines the Company’s vision to create a carefully managed, reusable metal commons, starting with unlocking the planet’s largest undeveloped source of battery metals, as the world seeks to address the climate crisis
- The Company outlines its impacts to date as well as the anticipated impacts and mitigation measures for the collection of polymetallic nodules from the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Pacific Ocean
- In addition to providing operational and environmental program details, the report breaks down TMC’s governance and stakeholder engagement, the regulatory context surrounding the nodule collection industry in international waters and the Company’s relationships with its Pacific Island sponsoring states: Nauru, Tonga and Kiribati
NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TMC the metals company Inc. (Nasdaq: TMC) (“TMC” or “The Metals Company”), an explorer of lower-impact battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules, today released its second annual Impact Report detailing the Company’s past, present and expected future ESG impacts, while providing insight into the drivers of its efforts to collect nodules from the CCZ including the global scramble to meet an estimated six-fold increase in the production of metals required for the energy transition.
Gerard Barron, CEO & Chairman of The Metals Company, said: “We seek to create a carefully managed metal commons that is used, recovered, and reused for generations to come, with the same metal stocks serving humankind through countless cycles of technological ingenuity. But to get there, unprecedented quantities of critical minerals will need to be mined in the coming decades. With our second Impact Report, we detail how we can responsibly tap the planet's largest source of key battery materials to supply the energy transition while minimizing its environmental, climate and social impacts. We introduce our Sustainability Approach and outline our efforts to integrate ESG principles into our strategy before operations begin. As we work toward submitting what we expect will be the world's first application to collect nodules from the Clarion Clipperton Zone on a commercial scale, I am proud to have this comprehensive road map to keep TMC on mission.”
Erica Ocampo, TMC’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “ESG disclosures are a key tool to enable transparency. In addition to reporting our own ESG impacts before we start commercial operations, we are committed to promoting ESG thinking across this industry from the outset. That’s why we’ve joined a broad international consortium to develop ESG disclosure guidance of the material topics associated with marine mineral projects, a key step toward establishing a comprehensive ESG disclosure standard for this industry. We have knowledgeable partners and strong stakeholder engagement to assist us and we’re confident that through our pioneering NORI project we can set a high bar for this industry to responsibly bring to market the energy transition metals that society needs."
TMC’s 2022 Impact Report, which can be read here, focusses on:
Data collection and sharing for the NORI-D Project environmental impact assessment (EIA): TMC and its subsidiary NORI spent 146 days at sea with world-leading scientists at the NORI-D site in 2022 working toward the completion of our environmental baseline assessment, monitoring program, and post-test-mining impact studies.
Peer-reviewed research: Data collected from the NORI-D site has served as the basis for five peer-reviewed papers completed in 2022, while TMC employees have contributed to three peer-reviewed papers (on lifecycle waste generation, ethical considerations, and visioning a framework for effective environmental management for deep-sea nodule collection).
NORI-D Project comparative lifecycle assessment: TMC commissioned leading lithium-ion battery supply chain research firm, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, for an independent, third-party lifecycle assessment of the environmental impacts of its NORI Area D Nodule Project, comparing the production of key energy transition metals (nickel, cobalt and copper) from polymetallic nodules to key land-based production routes for the same metals. Benchmark’s LCA shows the NORI-D Project model performed better in almost every impact category analyzed than all the land-based routes analyzed.
Safe operating parameters for deep-sea nodule collection: TMC engaged a CSIRO-led consortium to develop a science-based framework to assist NORI in developing an ecosystem-based environmental management and monitoring plan (EMMP) to enable the company to minimize adverse impacts in the marine operating environment.
Operational visibility for stakeholders: In collaboration with Kongsberg Digital, TMC deployed a prototype of its Digital Twin during test mining conducted by NORI in 2022. The Digital Twin will integrate multiple data streams from TMC’s future production system and will enable 3D visualization of its deep-sea operating environment, providing ‘eyes and ears’ to the regulator and stakeholders, and will form a core part of its wider Adaptive Management System which is designed to utilize the AI and hybrid machine learning capabilities of the Digital Twin with expert analysis to ensure operations remain within environmental impact thresholds.
Our manganese silicate product’s downstream carbon impacts: TMC commissioned SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest independent research institutions, to characterize the properties of our intermediate manganese silicate product when used to produce silicomanganese alloys rather than conventional medium-grade manganese ores. SINTEF found that, compared to conventional ores, our product appears to have significant downstream advantages in terms of cost and CO2 footprint and the potential for 7 to 17% higher value-in-use depending on the carbon tax regime.
Public stakeholder consultation program to scope a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) for the NORI-D Project: As part of its SIA to determine the potential socio-economic contributions of its NORI-D project, TMC subsidiary NORI conducted a broad consultation program to engage stakeholders in the development of a framework to measure and monitor its social performance.
STEM talent pipeline: TMC’s subsidiaries NORI and TOML sponsored 24 scholarships at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in environmental sciences and marine management, as well as additional offshore training opportunities.
Global stakeholder engagement: NORI provided responses to over 600 comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for NORI’s 2022 collector system trial in the CCZ.
Our path to deliver net positive impacts: TMC completed a materiality assessment and developed sustainability goals. These goals are being publicly released along with its 2022 Impact Report to inform a broad dialogue with stakeholders about how TMC intends to operate and the feedback from this process will bring valuable insights to refine and finalize a robust set of sustainability targets and KPIs, to be published early next year.
The first environmental, social, and governance (ESG) handbook for marine minerals: TMC announced that it had joined a broad international consortium to develop a marine minerals ESG disclosure handbook. The purpose of the guidance document is to enable consistent ESG disclosures for material topics of marine mineral projects using a standardized approach.
Commitment to healthy and productive oceans: TMC joined the Ocean Stewardship Coalition to formalize our contribution to the Blue Economy and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
TMC’s 2022 Impact Report was prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards as guidance. In addition to GRI, the report references additional frameworks, such as Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board for the metals and mining sector in addition to the marine transportation sector. This report also serves as a complement to TMC’s U.N. Global Compact Communication of Progress for 2022 and illustrates our contribution to the Ocean Stewardship Principles.
To access TMC’s 2022 Impact Report, click here.
About The Metals Company
The Metals Company is an explorer of lower-impact battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules, on a dual mission: (1) supply metals for the global energy transition with the least possible negative impacts on planet and people and (2) trace, recover and recycle the metals we supply to help create a metal commons that can be used in perpetuity. The Company through its subsidiaries holds exploration and commercial rights to three polymetallic nodule contract areas in the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean regulated by the International Seabed Authority and sponsored by the governments of Nauru, Kiribati and the Kingdom of Tonga.
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