This Morning in Metals: Liberty Steel to make over 100 layoffs at Georgetown steel mill

This morning in metals news: Liberty Steel will make over 100 layoffs at its Georgetown steel mill; U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell in 2019; and, lastly, a new airport has opened at Rio Tinto’s Gudai-Darri mine. We’re offering timely emails with exclusive analyst commentary and some best practice advice – and you choose how…

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This morning in metals news: Liberty Steel will make over 100 layoffs at its Georgetown steel mill; U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell in 2019; and, lastly, a new airport has opened at Rio Tinto’s Gudai-Darri mine. We’re offering timely emails with exclusive analyst commentary and some best practice advice – and you choose how...

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LME’s proposed low-carbon ‘green aluminum’ contract faces industry opposition

Readers of a recent Financial Times article reporting the opposition of major primary aluminum producers Norsk Hydro and Hindalco Industries to the LME’s proposed “green aluminum” contract may feel the primary producers are swimming against the tide of history. Aluminium is a core material needed for increasing efficiency and lowering carbon dioxide emissions by reducing…

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Readers of a recent Financial Times article reporting the opposition of major primary aluminum producers Norsk Hydro and Hindalco Industries to the LME’s proposed “green aluminum” contract may feel the primary producers are swimming against the tide of history. Aluminium is a core material needed for increasing efficiency and lowering carbon dioxide emissions by reducing...

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Week in Review: Nickel market; China’s economic recovery; October MMI report

Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including: the nickel market; aluminum prices on the SHFE and LME; China’s metals rebound; and much more. Sign up today for Gunpowder, MetalMiner’s free, biweekly e-newsletter featuring news, analysis and more. Week…

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including: the nickel market; aluminum prices on the SHFE and LME; China’s metals rebound; and much more. Sign up today for Gunpowder, MetalMiner’s free, biweekly e-newsletter featuring news, analysis and more. Week...

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This Morning in Metals: October 2020 MMI report is out

This morning in metals news: the October Monthly Metals Index (MMI) report is out; the E.U. is reportedly considering imposing carbon border fees; and Alcoa released its third-quarter financial earnings. The MetalMiner 2021 Annual Outlook consolidates …

This morning in metals news: the October Monthly Metals Index (MMI) report is out; the E.U. is reportedly considering imposing carbon border fees; and Alcoa released its third-quarter financial earnings. The MetalMiner 2021 Annual Outlook consolidates our 12-month view and provides buying organizations with a complete understanding of the fundamental factors driving prices and a...

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What does China’s environment pledge mean for its massive steel sector?

According to the Financial Times, China’s President Xi Jinping surprised the global community by announcing last month a hugely ambitious plan to improve China’s environment and make the country carbon-neutral by 2060. In addition, he said the country’s emissions would peak before 2030. But does this really mean anything? If it does, what impact will…

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According to the Financial Times, China’s President Xi Jinping surprised the global community by announcing last month a hugely ambitious plan to improve China’s environment and make the country carbon-neutral by 2060. In addition, he said the country’s emissions would peak before 2030. But does this really mean anything? If it does, what impact will...

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European steelmakers are at a challenging crossroads

Europe’s steel industry appears to be at a crossroads. Hurting before the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns, the industry struggled with overcapacity, high costs, weak demand and competition from lower-cost sources (like China and Russia). The lockdowns decimated demand. Major consumers, like the automotive sector, which takes something like 20% of European production of flat-rolled steel, according…

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Europe’s steel industry appears to be at a crossroads. Hurting before the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns, the industry struggled with overcapacity, high costs, weak demand and competition from lower-cost sources (like China and Russia). The lockdowns decimated demand. Major consumers, like the automotive sector, which takes something like 20% of European production of flat-rolled steel, according...

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Apple’s ‘Environmental Obligations Are Not Taken Seriously Enough,’ Say British Lawmakers

After failing to appear before British lawmakers, Apple has been accused of not taking its environmental obligations seriously enough, particularly on e-waste, reports Bloomberg.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked to appear before the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons, but failed to respond before a September 4 deadline. Apple was previously asked to put forward a representative to speak on its behalf in July, but it canceled at short notice.

The committee mainly examines how government department policies and programs affect both the environment and sustainable development, and was specifically looking into Apple’s actions to combat electronic waste.

Apple’s “unwillingness to answer my committee’s questions has led us to believe its environmental obligations are not taken seriously enough,” said Chairman Philip Dunne in a statement, despite the fact that the company “appears to have a positive story to tell regarding its efforts on climate change.”

With more than two billion iPhones sold, Dunne said that Apple’s answers about the steps it is taking to minimize its environmental footprint are crucial. An excessive number of electronic devices are too difficult or expensive to repair, creating a “throwaway society for electronics,” he said. Apple did not respond to Bloomberg‘s request for comment.

In February, Apple was fined 25 million euros by a French consumer fraud group and 10 million euros by Italy’s antitrust authority for intentionally slowing down some iPhone models via a software update, which could negatively incentivize users to upgrade a newer device. Apple has strongly refuted accusations of planned obsolescence in the past.

Earlier this year, Apple committed to becoming carbon neutral across its entire business and manufacturing supply chain by 2030. This month, Apple announced it will construct two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines near Esbjerg in Denmark, in an expansion of its investment in renewable energy.

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After failing to appear before British lawmakers, Apple has been accused of not taking its environmental obligations seriously enough, particularly on e-waste, reports Bloomberg.



Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked to appear before the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons, but failed to respond before a September 4 deadline. Apple was previously asked to put forward a representative to speak on its behalf in July, but it canceled at short notice.

The committee mainly examines how government department policies and programs affect both the environment and sustainable development, and was specifically looking into Apple's actions to combat electronic waste.

Apple's "unwillingness to answer my committee's questions has led us to believe its environmental obligations are not taken seriously enough," said Chairman Philip Dunne in a statement, despite the fact that the company "appears to have a positive story to tell regarding its efforts on climate change."


With more than two billion iPhones sold, Dunne said that Apple's answers about the steps it is taking to minimize its environmental footprint are crucial. An excessive number of electronic devices are too difficult or expensive to repair, creating a "throwaway society for electronics," he said. Apple did not respond to Bloomberg's request for comment.

In February, Apple was fined 25 million euros by a French consumer fraud group and 10 million euros by Italy's antitrust authority for intentionally slowing down some iPhone models via a software update, which could negatively incentivize users to upgrade a newer device. Apple has strongly refuted accusations of planned obsolescence in the past.

Earlier this year, Apple committed to becoming carbon neutral across its entire business and manufacturing supply chain by 2030. This month, Apple announced it will construct two of the world's largest onshore wind turbines near Esbjerg in Denmark, in an expansion of its investment in renewable energy.

Note: Due to the political or social nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.
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Week in Review: China automotive sales; steel capacity utilization; steel scrap prices

Before we head into the long Labor Day weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was in the world of metals. Automakers released August sales reports, mostly showing sales remain down compared with 2019 levels. Meanwhile, for the week ending Aug. 29, U.S. steel mills’ capacity utilization fell compared with the previous…

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Before we head into the long Labor Day weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was in the world of metals. Automakers released August sales reports, mostly showing sales remain down compared with 2019 levels. Meanwhile, for the week ending Aug. 29, U.S. steel mills’ capacity utilization fell compared with the previous...

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Europe’s metals industry seeks a level environmental playing field

Despite the economic and political challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic, the European metals industry is becoming increasingly vocal in trying to form the arguments around its own survival. Are you under pressure to generate aluminum cost savings? Make sure you are following these 5 best practices!   Making the case A recent article in…

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Despite the economic and political challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic, the European metals industry is becoming increasingly vocal in trying to form the arguments around its own survival. Are you under pressure to generate aluminum cost savings? Make sure you are following these 5 best practices!   Making the case A recent article in...

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Apple to Build Two of the World’s Largest Wind Turbines in Net-Zero Climate Impact Pledge

Apple has today announced that it will construct two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines near Esbjerg in Denmark, in an expansion of its investment in renewable energy.

Via a press release, Apple explained that the new 200-meter-tall turbines will produce 62 gigawatt hours of energy every year, enough to power almost 20,000 homes. The area will also function as a test site for more powerful offshore wind turbines that may be constructed in the future.

The power produced at Esbjerg will support the Apple data center in Viborg, with all surplus energy going to the Danish grid. The Viborg data center helps to power the App Store, Apple Music, iMessage, Siri, and other services in Europe. Apple has already constructed one of Scandinavia’s largest solar arrays to power the data center.

“Combatting climate change demands urgent action and global partnership — and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge,” said Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson. “Investments in clean energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead — for the sake of our planet and future generations.”

Last month, Apple announced its intention to become completely carbon neutral by 2030. The new investment in onshore wind turbines is expected to help the company achieve its net-zero climate impact goal within the next decade, and will aid Apple’s effort to transition all of its Europe-based suppliers to renewable power.

European Apple suppliers Henkel and tesa SE, DSM Engineering Materials, STMicroelectronics, and Solvay are reportedly working towards clean energy solutions for their Apple fulfillment. German Apple supplier Varta has this week committed to running all Apple production with 100 percent renewable energy.

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Apple has today announced that it will construct two of the world's largest onshore wind turbines near Esbjerg in Denmark, in an expansion of its investment in renewable energy.



Via a press release, Apple explained that the new 200-meter-tall turbines will produce 62 gigawatt hours of energy every year, enough to power almost 20,000 homes. The area will also function as a test site for more powerful offshore wind turbines that may be constructed in the future.

The power produced at Esbjerg will support the Apple data center in Viborg, with all surplus energy going to the Danish grid. The Viborg data center helps to power the App Store, Apple Music, iMessage, Siri, and other services in Europe. Apple has already constructed one of Scandinavia's largest solar arrays to power the data center.

"Combatting climate change demands urgent action and global partnership — and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge," said Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson. "Investments in clean energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead — for the sake of our planet and future generations."


Last month, Apple announced its intention to become completely carbon neutral by 2030. The new investment in onshore wind turbines is expected to help the company achieve its net-zero climate impact goal within the next decade, and will aid Apple's effort to transition all of its Europe-based suppliers to renewable power.

European Apple suppliers Henkel and tesa SE, DSM Engineering Materials, STMicroelectronics, and Solvay are reportedly working towards clean energy solutions for their Apple fulfillment. German Apple supplier Varta has this week committed to running all Apple production with 100 percent renewable energy.
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