We intend to make a significant, net positive impact on the planet and its people.
If our research uncovers that our chosen course of action does not meet this goal, we will change course. Here are some of the things that we are currently learning:
Impact of land vs ocean metals
We have commissioned and in-depth lifecycle study into the impacts of producing battery metals from two different sources: land ores and deep-sea polymetallic nodules. Entitled ‘Where Should Metals for the Green Transition Come From?’, the White Paper breaks new ground by exploring the environmental, social and economic costs of different sources of base metals required to transition the world away from fossil fuels.
Impact on deep-sea science
Polymetallic nodules are found in the abyssal plains, the most abundant seafloor habitat, covering 54% of the Earth’s surface. It’s a deep, high-pressure, quiet, dark, food-poor environment with limited biomass. Yet it is home to some fascinating wildlife that is severely understudied – largely due to the logistical and financial challenges of obtaining samples from 3,500-6,000 km depths. How will collecting nodules impact this habitat and its inhabitants? This is the focus of our Deep-Sea Science Program.
Impact for stakeholders
Our commitment to traveling in the open extends to our global Stakeholder Engagement program, which includes sharing all of our plans and programs for feedback, and holding workshops around our challenges and opportunities. Polymetallic nodules are part of the common heritage of humankind, and all of us should have a voice in how this resource is explored and developed.