Shares in Core Lithium Ltd (ASX: CXO) are gaining today while the company is celebrating its Finniss Lithium Project’s sustainability evaluation results. At the time of writing, the Core Lithium share price is 24 cents – 2.17% higher than its previous close.
Let’s take a look at the latest news from Core Lithium.
One of Australia’s least carbon-intensive lithium mines
Core Lithium has announced its Finniss Lithium Project has been found to have less scope 3 emissions per tonne of product produced than other Australian lithium projects.
Additionally, only one noted Australian lithium project had fewer scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions per tonne of product produced than the Finniss Lithium Project.
Scope 1 emissions are from a company’s direct business, while scope 2 emissions are from creating the power a company uses. Finally, scope 3 emissions are those found in the rest of a company’s value chain.
The Finniss Lithium Project’s location means its emissions from transport are much lower than other lithium projects. It lies just 25km from a port, a power station, a gas source, and a railway. It’s also just 1 hour’s drive on a sealed road from Darwin Port and its workforce’s accommodation.
The assessment, produced with environmental and sustainability consultants ERM Group, looked at the Finniss Project’s carbon footprint, life cycle, and sustainability.
The report considered all activity at the mine site, including land clearing, fuel consumption, electricity usage and blasting. It also looked at scope 3 emissions created by transporting products, business travel, and employee commutes.
Core Lithium said it’s looking into ways to further reduce its carbon footprint. It plans to revegetate the mine site. It’s also considering powering the site with renewable energy and utilising electric vehicles.
Commentary from management
Core Lithium’s managing director Stephen Biggins said of the mine’s sustainability results:
Core Lithium has always been aware of the inherent environmental, social and infrastructure advantages associated with the Finniss Lithium Project. Work performed to date by ERM Group supports the company’s push towards greater sustainability transparency and greater focus is being placed on improving the company’s relatively low-carbon footprint.
Core Lithium share price snapshot
Today’s news has given yet another boost to the Core Lithium share price.
It’s currently 42% higher than it was at the start of 2021. It has also gained 384% since this time last year.
The company has a market capitalisation of around $270 million, with approximately 1.1 billion shares outstanding.