BHP has proudly announced its partnership with Caterpillar as the two companies set off on a mission to decarbonise the mining industry, starting with tackling the issue of high-emitting mining trucks. The two companies have combined research and resources to advance the development of zero-emission mining vehicles to be used at BHP’s ongoing operations as the mining giant closes in on radically reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
Mining sustainability is being driven forward by the development of zero-emission vehicles
As the result of over a year of to-ing and fro-ing from both sides, the collaboration has been finalised and the green light given for development to begin on analysis of increasing energy demands and the potential for technological implementation at BHP sites.
“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Caterpillar Inc. to develop and deploy zero-emissions mining trucks at BHP,” says BHP’s Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant. “Climate change is a critical global challenge, and we know that partnering with others will help accelerate the transition to a low carbon future.
“The opportunity for our teams to input into the design process also gives us confidence that the trucks will be safer and easier to operate for a workforce that’s more diverse than ever.”
Decarbonisation prioritised as mining machinery makes moves for sustainability
The move comes as BHP ups its long-term net-zero sustainability game. Like many others in the mining industry, the company is attempting to pave the way for future reduced environmental impacts courtesy of large mining corporations by 2050. Due to its prestigious position as a leading global miner and, now, partnership with Caterpillar, BHP will have the first pick of the zero-emissions equipment developed as part of the collaboration and will have the opportunity to make use of direct learning opportunities to ensure the vehicles’ seamless deployment at its operational sites.
“Caterpillar is pleased to work with BHP on the next generation of large mining trucks and mine site technology,” Caterpillar Group President, Denise Johnson, said in a statement. “Deeply integrating our teams and timelines will allow for faster deployment to deliver zero-emissions solutions.”
It’s hoped that this joint venture will aid in transforming the technology and infrastructure required to ensure zero-emission machinery be used in the majority of mining sites across the world, quickening the decarbonisation of a high-polluting sector in dire need of a sustainable revamp.