Climate Change

Mining and processing nickel and cobalt is energy intensive. Recognizing both the related costs and possible impacts of our energy needs, Ambatovy was designed to maximize energy efficiency, and we continue to seek new and innovative ways to support global climate change and greenhouse gas initiatives.

Ambatovy has adopted a proactive approach to reducing its carbon footprint that starts in the construction of the company’s infrastructure and extends to our daily operations:

  • The slurry pipeline that transports our ore from our mine in Moramanga to our Plant in Toamasina utilizes gravity for the majority of its 220k distance, reducing the need for a surplus of water or energy generators to move the slurry.
  • Once Ambatovy’s materials arrive at the Port of Toamasina, they must be transported to our Plant site. Rather than engage a fleet of heavy trucks, Ambatovy opted to rehabilitate and revitalize the train network, laying new track so that our shipments of limestone, sulfur, and charcoal could be delivered to our Plant site without increasing the congestion of the local roadways.
  • To move our employees around our vast Plant site, we use a fleet of electric cars and buses.
  • Ambatovy has steadily increased its recycling efforts over the years to include plastics, cooking oil, industrial oil, tires, wood and water. Food waste is turned into compost to be used for rehabilitation. These efforts have led to a steady decrease in the amount of annual waste produced by our operations, as well as an increase in operational efficiency. Partnerships with local companies has created new opportunities for local entrepreneurs to support our recycling efforts as well as creating jobs for the local economy.

Aside from Ambatovy’s internal mechanisms, we also work with our local communities to prepare them for the severe weather conditions attributed to climate change.

  • Cyclones: Located on the eastern shore of Madagascar, Toamasina, the home of our Plant, is exposed to the annual cyclone system that passes through the Indian Ocean. Ambatovy works with the Regional Risk and Disaster Management Committee (BGRNC/CRGRI) and with our local communities in preparing for the eventuality, and possible severity, of the cyclone season each year.
  • Drought: Although a naturally occurring weather phenomenon, the El Niño cycle of 2014-2016 caused an intense and persevering drought through many regions of Madagascar. Ambatovy works closely with the villages and communities surrounding our facilities in water management, sharing agricultural practices that can promote the effective use of water and thus help conserve water resources. Our own operations draw from two river resources but account for less than 2% of the rivers’ annual water flow.