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Accelerating the green transformation
We promise that we accelerate the world’s green transformation, making an impact together.
Promoting change where change matters.
We need the metals
Sustainability. It's not about looking good, it's about doing good.
Mining companies have a central role in the world’s transition towards a more sustainable future. The metals extracted by the miners are essential to create the green technologies of tomorrow. Gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, lithium, and many more metals have broad industrial uses and make central parts in producing for example electric car batteries, solar cells and computers. Without these metals, it is simply not possible to reach the world’s joint climate goals.
AuAg is a part of the green transformation through investments in carefully selected companies that are a part of the solution. By investing in best-in-class companies, excluding the laggards, but also favouring the adopters that have not come as far in their sustainability work, but where we see an excellent opportunity to influence, we can create an even more significant net effect for the world.
Can mining be sustainable?
Building a low-carbon economy and reducing the emissions intensity will be materials-intensive. The metals and mining sector will be at the core of enabling the energy transition.
Today, the world’s major mining companies are working towards reaching the UN’s 17 goals for sustainable development (SDGs). They are also on track to achieve emissions reduction by 2030 in line with Paris Agreement targets and net-zero carbon by 2050.
The miners are doing this by going on the grid, installing solar-driven micro-grids, using fuel-cell trucks, and helping local communities. They also have a totally modernized post-closure/mine reclamation process.
The best-in-class miners ensures that precious metals have never been mined in such an advanced ESG-friendly way as today, and it will be even better tomorrow.
AuAg's Process for Sustainability
All our funds are classified as article 8 (SFDR) regarding sustainability, where the most important criteria is to promote change. We, as investors, have an active dialogue with the companies on how the sustainability work is progressing and how the goals are being met.
AuAg has a well-defined investment process to ensure that the companies in the funds’ portfolios work according to a clear sustainability agenda. Through a strategic collaboration with Sustainalytics - a world-leading supplier of ESG data - we can ensure that the quality of the data underlying our analysis meets the highest standards.
In our sustainability analysis, we review the company’s sustainability report and examine, among other things, the extent to which they follow guidelines from global initiatives in the area such as UNPRI and the UN Global Compact. We also consider how well they meet the UN’s goals for sustainable development.
The analysis is based on a number of areas: the quality of the board/management, the structure of the board, ownership and shareholders’ rights, remuneration, auditing and financial reporting, and the management of stakeholders. The company's exposure to material ESG issues (MEIs) is also part of assessing managed and unmanaged risk.
It's the Elements
The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence of chemistry and physics, medicine, earth sciences, and biology.
1869 is considered the year when Dmitri Mendeleev discovered the Periodic System. 2019 was the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)” by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
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Lithium is a soft. silvery-white alkali metal, that have several important industrial uses. Today, most lithium is used to make lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and mobile devices.
Copper is used in building construction, power generation and transmission, electronic product manufacturing, and the production of industrial machinery and transportation vehicles.
Copper plays an important role in renewable energy systems such as solar and wind power.
Silver is essential in the production of both solar panels and electric vehicles (EV´s). Silver's conductivity and corrosion resistance make it necessary for conductors and electrodes; nearly every electrical connection in an EV uses silver.
In addition, silver will play a crucial part as 5G cellular networks are expanded. Semiconductor integrated circuits/chips, both within smartphones and vehicles, are used to process the frequencies 5G requires, and require silver to work.
By far the most important industrial use for gold is in fabrication of corrosion-free electrical connectors in computers and other electrical devices such as mobile phones, television sets and GPS devices.
The world’s platinum demand varies widely across many sectors. Most notably, platinum metal is used in autocatalysts and jewelry, as well as for medical and industrial purposes.
Platinum is also being used to develop new green hydrogen-powered technology. This technology plays a vital role in low carbon technologies that will enable the path to net zero targets globally.
Palladium forms a crucial part of the catalytic converters that are affixed to all modern vehicles. Catalytic converters are responsible for transforming over 90 percent of all harmful gases emitted by engines into less harmful substances.
Palladium is also an essential part of hydrogen fuel cells, an emerging technology that can completely replace all fossil fuel-based vehicles and even usurp electric vehicles in terms of environmental sustainability.
Rhodium’s primary use is in catalytic converters of automobiles, where it reduces the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) exhaust gases emitted into the atmosphere.
Magnesium improves the mechanical, fabrication and welding characteristics of aluminium when used as an alloying agent. These alloys are useful in aeroplane and car construction.
Magnesium is used in products that benefit from being lightweight, such as car seats, luggage, laptops, cameras and power tools.
Aluminium is an essential material for the energy transition as it forms an essential element in electrical infrastructure, solar panels, and wind turbines.
Nickel is a key component in lithium-ion batteries, used in electric vehicles. It packs more energy into batteries and allows producers to reduce use of cobalt, which is more expensive and has a less transparent supply chain.
The most important use for neodymium is in an alloy with iron and boron to make very strong permanent magnets.
Neodymium magnets are the obvious choice in wind turbine manufacturing because of their strength and small size, which reduces the weight of the turbine significantly.
Praseodymium is a soft, silvery, malleable and ductile metal, valued for its magnetic, electrical, chemical, and optical properties.
Due to its role in permanent magnets used for wind turbines, it has been argued that praseodymium will be one of the main objects of geopolitical competition in a world running on renewable energy
Dysprosium is used, in conjunction with vanadium and other elements, in making laser materials and commercial lighting. It is also used in neutron-absorbing control rods in nuclear reactors
Due to its role in permanent magnets used for wind turbines, it has been argued that dysprosium will be one of the main objects of geopolitical competition in a world running on renewable energy.