Climate change

We recognise global climate change science, as laid out by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Find out how we are responding to the shift to a lower-carbon economy.

We believe that the global response to climate change should pursue twin objectives: both limiting temperatures in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including universal access to affordable energy.

Why this matters

As one of the world’s largest diversified resource companies, Glencore has a key role to play in enabling transition to a low carbon economy. We do this through our well-positioned portfolio that includes copper, cobalt, nickel, vanadium and zinc - commodities that underpin energy and mobility transformation, for example through batteries for electric vehicles. We believe this transition is a key part of the global response to the increasing risks posed by climate change.

To deliver a strong investment case to our shareholders, we must invest in assets that will be resilient to regulatory, physical and operational risks related to climate change.

Our approach

We actively engage with policy-makers on regulatory changes arising from global climate change efforts – such as the COP21 commitments agreed in the Paris agreement.

To meet the growing needs of a lower carbon economy, Glencore aims to prioritise its capital investment to grow production of commodities essential to the energy and mobility transition and to limit its coal production capacity broadly to current levels.

Energy is also one of our highest production costs – so we seek ways to improve our own energy efficiency and reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

In 2017, we announced a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 5% by 2020 compared to a 2016 baseline. We are currently on track to meet this target. We are developing new, longer-term targets, based on policy and technological developments that support the Paris Goals, and intend to make these public in our 2020 annual report.

Our ambition

To provide commodities that are essential to the transition to a low-carbon economy in a manner consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. To deliver a strong investment case to our shareholders through investing in assets that are resilient to regulatory, physical and operational risks related to climate change. To fully integrate the management of climate change-related risks and opportunities into all systems across our business.

Climate change disclosure

We recognise the importance of disclosing to investors how we ensure our material capital expenditure and investments are aligned with the Paris Goals. This includes each material investment in the exploration, acquisition or development of fossil fuel (including thermal and coking coal) production, resources and reserves, as well as in resources, reserves and technologies associated with the transition to a low carbon economy.

Download our Annual Report for our latest climate change disclosure.

Furthering our commitment to the transition to a low-carbon economy

Principles we follow

UN Global Compact Principles 7–9

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Principle 8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

Principle 9: Business should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

UN Sustainable Development Goals - Goals 12 and 13

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

International Council on Mining and Metals - Principle 6

Principle 6: Pursue continual improvement in environmental performance issues, such as water stewardship, energy use and climate change