Canada: Cinderella Search – The Hunt for Green Nickel

April 28, 2021 all-day

For its Wednesday, April 28, 2021 meeting, CIM’s Management and Economics Society is pleased to welcome:

Andrew Mitchell Ph.D, C.Eng, MIMMM

Head of Nickel Research, Wood Mackenzie Ltd


who will deliver an online presentation on:

Cinderella Search – The Hunt for Green Nickel


Abstract: There was a great deal of excitement generated by Elon Musk’s comment in July 2020 when he stated “Tesla will give you a giant contract for a long period of time if you mine nickel efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way”. While this may be a call for increased nickel production to ultimately lower battery costs through lower commodity prices, it perhaps more importantly brought to the fore the growing focus on the environmental, social and governance aspects of mining, and of the electrification of vehicles specifically. While it is accepted that producing the nickel units required for electrification going forward could be challenging, if we are to be selective on the nickel units to be used based on their ESG footprint then meeting the challenge becomes increasingly difficult.

I will be discussing some of the key issues around environmental, social and governance aspects which could constrain nickel supply for the energy transition journey in the coming years. But these same constraints will provide opportunity, particularly in the recycling sector.


BIO: With over 30 years of experience, including 20 years focused on the nickel industry, Andrew has a deep understanding of the metals and mining industry. Andrew joined Wood Mackenzie as a mining analyst in July 1995, and since 1998, he has specialised in the challenges specific to the nickel industry. As head of nickel research, Andrew guides the research agenda, shaping the coverage of developments in nickel markets. He is the author of the the Global Nickel and Intermediates Service and co-author of the Nickel Industry Cost Service and Metal Service. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Andrew worked as a development metallurgist for Billiton and Johnson Matthey on both mineral processing and pyrometallurgy process development and optimisation.


Please join us!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


How to Attend:

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