Platinum Group Metals essential for clean energy transition – the hydrogen case

EPMF, Eurométaux, Hydrogen Europe and IPA are supporting the IEA “Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Summit” on 28 September in Paris were ministers, business leaders, investors, and civil society discuss effective courses of action to ensure rapid and secure energy transitions.

Read our joint briefing note here.

Life cycle assessment

The IPA membership has undertaken a first industry wide life-cycle assessment of primary iridium and ruthenium, based on the data submitted during the second LCA (2017). Reliable data on iridium appear of particular relevance to us given the rapid development towards a hydrogen economy in the EU, and the upscaling of hydrogen projects based on large-scale water electrolysis.

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Life Cycle Assessment Data

The PGM industry's second LCA (2017) on the global production of PGMs, covering the primary and secondary production of platinum, palladium, and rhodium, has now been ammended with primary production data on iridium and ruthenium.

Download the newest LCA Fact Sheet on Iridium and Ruthenium from our Life Cycle Assessment section. Interested parties can apply for the LCA data set by filling out our data questionnaire or by getting in touch with IPA directly lca(@)

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Reponsible mining and sourcing of PGMs

The PGM industry is strongly committed to the principles of responsible mining and sourcing with the aim to communicate transparently on the status of sustainability assurance of our members.

The role of IPA is to facilitate good practice exchange, collaboration, and engagement in response to challenges, managing risks and creating value along the PGM supply chain for all relevant stakeholders.

IPA is not imposing a specific standard on mining companies, however, existing audit schemes have been evaluated by the IPA Sustainability Committee regarding scope, recognised quality management standards as well as accepted audit practices. Based on this evaluation, the mining members of the IPA have committed to be independently audited either against the Initiative of Responsible Mining Assurance’s ‘Standard for Responsible Mining’ (IRMA) or the Together for Sustainability (TfS) audit with enhanced mining protocol (eTfS).

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IPA partnerships for the development of ultra-low emissions vehicles

IPA has joined forces with the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC) and other partners to develop a range of demo vehicles that showcase the feasibility of reaching ultra-low pollutant levels by combining state-of-the art » more

IPA joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

The IPA has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, a European Union initiative launched to support the introduction of hydrogen within the EU. The aim of this Alliance is to make EU leading within the hydrogen area and to utilize hydrogen and hydrogen technologies to support EU’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Hydrogen production and certain key hydrogen technologies rely on the special catalytic properties of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs).

IPA will contribute to the work of the Alliance through its expertise in hydrogen use for energy systems and hydrogen mobility and by providing lifecycle information when it comes to GHG performance of hydrogen production installations.

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