Chilean lithium miner SQM pledges to cut fresh water, brine use in lithium extraction

Chilean lithium miner Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM) unveiled on Thursday October 8 its sustainable development plan intended to reduce the environmental consequences of its operations.

According to the document, the South American miner will immediately reduce the use of fresh water at its operations in the Salar de Atacama region of Chile by 30% compared with 2019’s levels, but with a target reduction of 50% by 2030.

SQM also pledged to cut its brine extraction in...


Dalila Ouerghi

October 09, 2020

15:38 GMT