Pernelle Nunez

Deputy Secretary General and Director of Sustainability

Decarbonisation – from Pathways to Action

In 2021, the International Aluminium Institute outlined potential technology pathways for sector decarbonisation to 2050. These demonstrated the significant undertakings that would be required for the industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from each step of the value chain whilst continuing to meet demand for the material. With these pathways established, the focus has shifted towards action and implementation and it is acknowledged that action must happen swiftly but it cannot happen at any cost. Over the past twelve months, companies across the industry have take decisive steps towards decarbonisation and have done so with consideration of broader sustainability goals and in partnership with key stakeholders. Further action will be needed, and from a host of actors, to ensure aluminium continues to play a key role in sustainability applications of the future including clean energy technologies, greener transportation, and waste-saving packaging solutions.

Speaker Biography

Pernelle has over 12 years of experience in the metals and mining industry. She began her career at CRU where she was a part of the consulting team and worked on a range of market strategy and valuation projects across base metals, aluminium and iron ore. Pernelle joined the International Aluminium Institute in 2015 and is the Deputy Secretary General and Director of Sustainability. She has worked on a range of collaborative industry projects including life cycle impact assessment, environmental footprint analyses, sustainable waste management and GHG emissions accounting and pathways. Pernelle holds a MSci Geology (Hons) from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.