Rio Tinto, the world’s largest producer of iron ore, has rewarded buyers with a file $6.5bn remaining dividend because it introduced new carbon emission objectives.

The Anglo-Australian miner pays a remaining dividend of $3.09 a share, plus a one-off fee of 93 cents per share. Added to its half-year dividend, Rio has returned $9bn to shareholders for its most up-to-date monetary yr.

Rio’s bumper dividend comes amid a rally in commodity prices as the worldwide economic system recovers from the coronavirus-induced droop of 2020, aided by authorities and central financial institution assist and provide disruptions. 

Iron ore, Rio’s most vital commodity, surged virtually 85 per cent final yr to a nine-year excessive of above $175 a tonne on the again of strong Chinese language demand and provide disruptions in Brazil.

Within the yr to December, underlying earnings — the determine tracked by analysts — rose 13 per cent to $12.5bn. Internet debt fell to $664m from $3.65bn.

On emissions, Rio stated wouldn’t it spend money on applied sciences that might ship reductions within the carbon depth of steelmaking of not less than 30 per cent from 2030.