Piedmont Lithium releases inaugural sustainability report for Tennessee and Carolina projects, US

Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL) has released an inaugural sustainability report for its Tennessee Lithium and Carolina Lithium Projects in the US, highlighting its planned environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) efforts.

The company says the report reflects its aspirations to guide its ESG strategy and is centred on 4 key pillars: planet, people, communities, and governance. 

Commenting on the sustainability report, Piedmont Lithium Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Keith Phillips says: “We are fortunate to be starting from a clean slate with the full ability to build sustainability into the foundation of our organisation. 

Our inaugural sustainability report represents an important first step in formalising our ESG efforts as we develop our operations”

Our inaugural sustainability report represents an important first step in formalising our ESG efforts as we develop our operations. We are pleased to share our plans with our stakeholders as we advance our projects in Tennessee and North Carolina and our equity interests in Quebec and Ghana.”

According to the report, Piedmont is planning to use modern technologies and practices, such as the Metso alkaline pressure leaching process for refining spodumene concentrate, to mitigate climate and environmental impacts. 

Further, Piedmont is intending to apply responsible water use and management strategies, and responsible sourcing considerations and commitments as its projects advance. 

A progressive reclamation strategy is also being put in place for responsible land use at Carolina Lithium, with plans to reclaim land impacted by mining activities, once practical, to restore and prepare the site for post-operational use. 

Piedmont says there are plans for modern mining practices and ‘state-of-the-art’ technologies to minimise noise and vibration impact for neighbours near Carolina Lithium. 

Additionally, the company says its efforts are expected to result in a positive economic impact, job creation, and workforce development activities as Piedmont constructs and operates both of its lithium projects. 

Piedmont Lithium is an ASX-listed company focused on its Carolina and Tennessee lithium projects in the US and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (ASX:A11).

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