COVID-19 and the PGM Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an especially serious threat to some of the countries where PGMs are mined, e.g. to the vulnerable communities in South Africa. Members of the IPA, both mining companies and fabricators, are facing different challenges depending on the countries they are operating in. In South Africa, a great focus currently lies on helping the government to roll-out vaccines at the mines and in mining communities, and to increase vaccine acceptance through a communications and education strategy. Following government's guidelines and procedures, mining companies have started workplace vaccinations of their employees. As of 18th August, the mining sector has reached a milestone of over 100,000 vaccinations at workplace vaccination sites (more information: https://www.miningreview.com/gold/mining-industry-reaches-vaccination-milestone-of-100000/).

Daily updates on the number of cases and the situation in South Africa can be found on the dashboard of the Minerals Council of South Africa:
https://www.mineralscouncil.org.za/minerals-council-position-on-covid-19

Here is a snapshot of what the PGM industry is doing to counter the spread of COVID-19 amongst its workforce and the people living in the operations’ neighbourhoods.

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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).

By joining the Clean Hydrogen Alliance, the IPA and its member companies underline their support to the EU’s efforts to enable international supply chains for clean hydrogen by securing primary and secondary supply of 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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