BHP to invest $400 million to curb climate-changing emissions

BHP to invest $400 million to curb climate-changing emissions
FILE PHOTO: BHP Billiton Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie speaks at a round table meeting with journalists in Tokyo, Japan June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon   -  Copyright  Kim Kyung Hoon(Reuters)
By Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s biggest listed miner BHP <BHP.AX> <BHPB.L> said on Tuesday it would invest $400 million ( £321 million) over five years to reduce emissions from its own operations and from those generated by the use of its resources.

BHP is the biggest producer of coking coal, which is used with iron ore, also mined by BHP, to make steel in a process responsible for millions of tonnes of CO2.

At a speech in London, BHPCEO Andrew Mackenzie was due to say the company’s “climate investment programme” would scale up technology to help decarbonise the company’s own operations and drive investment in curbing downstream emissions.

“We must take a product stewardship role for emissions across our value chain and commit to work with shippers, processors and users of our products to reduce scope 3 emissions,” he was expected to say, according to advance extracts of his comments.

Emissions are divided into categories. Scope 1 and 2 cover direct emissions by an organisation and indirect emissions generated by power it buys to run its operations.

Scope 3 emissions are caused when a company’s products are used, for instance in steel-making or when they are shipped to customers.

BHP’s investment is the equivalent of roughly 5% of its most recent full-year underlying profits, announced last August, of $8.93 billion.

BHP stands apart from others in the mining sector with its target of net zero emissions by the second half of the century, in line with U.N. carbon-cutting goals.

It was expected to say on Tuesday it wished to go further and establish a medium-term, science-based target for scope 1 and 2 emissions. Other measures will include strengthening an existing link between emissions performance and executive pay.

(Reporting by Barbara Lewis; Editing by Alison Williams)

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