28 March 2023
BHP and two of China’s leading copper producers, China Copper and Daye Nonferrous, have announced their intention to deepen collaboration to develop a more sustainable and responsible copper value chain with the aim of supporting the world’s energy transition, following the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the parties.
The MoUs aim to enable the parties to leverage their expertise in exploring opportunities to reduce the environmental footprint and improve materials and energy efficiency and manage waste streams in copper production. The non-exclusive nature of the proposed collaboration aims to enable further, similar partnerships with industry peers and downstream users.
Through the collaboration, the parties plan to explore opportunities to share insights and jointly collaborate to seek to develop technology and innovations for copper smelting and refining, such as use of low-carbon emission fuels, improved heat and energy efficiency, lower intensity reuse and recycling of byproducts such as slag, dust, waste water and acid, digitalisation of copper value chain processes, and exploring ways to improve traceability along the copper value chain that aim to enhance measurement, verification and reporting.
BHP’s Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, said: “Copper demand is expected to increase significantly to support the megatrends of decarbonisation and electrification. While BHP supplies the growing market, it is equally important for us to do so in a more sustainable and responsible way, and collaboration with key industry value chain partners plays a vital role.”
“As two of the leading copper producers globally, China Copper and Daye Nonferrous are actively pursuing initiatives that aim to support China’s sustainable development and decarbonisation goals. BHP is proud to be a part of this collaboration and believes our joint efforts will expedite the course towards more sustainable and responsible supply of copper to support the world’s energy transition.”
China Copper Chairman, Xu Bo, said: “At the first session of the 14th National People’s Congress, China reaffirmed its commitment to green and low-carbon growth and highlighted the importance of corporate partnerships’ role in achieving the “dual carbon” goals. China Copper has been committed to working with upstream and downstream companies along the industrial chain to promote coordination and innovation for carbon reduction. Leveraging lower-carbon, and energy-conserving practices, China Copper has led various dual-carbon initiatives to achieve the common vision of building a beautiful community. Today’s MoU signing on ‘collaboration in copper value chain’ will increase the depth and breadth of cooperation between the two companies, which will give impetus to China Copper’s efforts to achieve more sustainable, high-quality growth. In the future, China Copper will continue to explore opportunities for exchange and accelerate cooperation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a more sustainable copper value chain.”
CNMC Daye Chairman, Wang Yan, said, “The copper smelting industry needs an open, global platform to explore and share new technologies and insights of innovations in smelting and refining, and to showcase efforts by all parties upstream and downstream along the industry for a shared future. Today’s MoU signing on ‘collaboration in copper value chain’ with BHP will further strengthen and broaden our existing strategic partnership, create models of international collaboration on technology innovation and for improving sustainability across the whole copper industry value chain.
The signatories for the MoUs were BHP CCO, Vandita Pant, CNMC Daye’s VP of Non-ferrous Metals Group, Xiao Shuxin and China Copper VP, Ma Huizhi, and the ceremonies were witnessed by BHP CEO, Mike Henry, China Copper Chairman, Xu Bo and CNMC Daye Chairman, Wang Yan.
About China Copper
China Copper Corporation (“China Copper”) was established in August 2008. In December 2018, with the approval of the Yunnan Provincial Government and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, the equity of Yunnan Metallurgy was officially transferred to China Copper. As of 2021, China Copper's registered capital was RMB 42.827 billion, and its asset size exceeded RMB 180 billion, with annual operating income exceeding RMB 160 billion. China Copper has two A-share listed companies, Yunnan Copper and Chihong Zinc & Germanium. With 30.52 million tons of copper and 30 million tons of lead and zinc in reserves, the company has an annual capacity of smelting 1.28 million tons of copper, refining 0.5 million tons of copper, and smelting 0.8 million tons of lead and zinc. As a national leader in the non-ferrous metal industry, the company has top-tier capabilities in copper processing.
About CNMC Daye
Established in 1953, Daye Nonferrous Metals Group Holdings Co., Ltd. (CNMC Daye) is the biggest subsidiary of China Nonferrous Mining Group Limited and based in Huangshi, Hubei Province. After nearly 70 years of growth, the company has become a leading state-owned copper industry conglomerate that integrates exploration, mining, beneficiation, smelting, refining, comprehensive recycling, and scientific research and design. Today, the company has an annual capacity of mining and beneficiating 3.47 million tons of minerals, as well as producing 0.9 million tons of copper cathode, 20 tons of gold, 1,000 tons of silver, 2.48 million tons of sulfuric acid, and 0.3 million tons of copper rods.
Left to right: China Copper VP, Ma Huizhi, China Copper Chairman, Xu Bo, BHP CEO, Mike Henry, BHP CCO, Vandita Pant
Left to right: CNMC Daye’s VP of Non-ferrous Metals Group, Xiao Shuxin, CNMC Daye Chairman, Wang Yan, BHP CEO, Mike Henry, BHP CCO, Vandita Pant