August 14, 2020

ISS ESG Foreword Podcast: Exploring the Climate of Mining

The extraction of mineral commodities as well as the processing of these raw materials to produce a variety of metals emits immense greenhouse gas emissions each year. Mining operations are also extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change as they are locally bound to the occurrence of resources and usually located in remote and environmentally sensitive regions. Despite these constraints and concerns, we depend on metals to uphold our 21st century standard of living and productivity, and they are indispensable for the transition to a clean-energy and low-carbon economy.  

Within this field of tension, how can mining companies respond to investor risks driven by a changing climate while seizing associated opportunities? Tune in to the latest episode of ISS ESG Foreword podcast series as ESG experts Nicole Strunk and Barbara Hof explore the unique risks and opportunities associated with the metals and mining sector in the wake of global climate change. 

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Access the companion research paper, “The Climate of Mining: Investor Risks and Opportunities Driven by a Changing Climate” here:

About the Series

Foreword, ISS ESG’s podcast series, is designed with one goal in mind: to deliver a precise and succinct view and forecast on all things ESG across the globe. Each episode features experts with deep and long-standing expertise in covering issues of import to those within the ESG industry. Corporate and investment professionals will find the series particularly helpful as our experts discuss ways and means of achieving a greener and more sustainable portfolio while highlighting resources and tools designed to meet challenges faced by ESG practitioners. The Foreword series is also directed at those seeking to stay abreast of the latest global trends and developments in the area of responsible investment, sustainability, impact investing, CSR reporting, ESG disclosures, and more.

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