BHP, Rio Tinto, and Vale join hands for electric trucks in mines

Vale has joined forces with BHP and Rio Tinto to jointly launch a new challenge to find solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from mining operations around the world. Companies, professionals and start-ups can register to propose solutions to the question: how to make the use of electric powered trucks feasible in surface mining operations?

In 2019, Vale announced its new goal to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 33% by 2030 from 2017 levels and to become carbon neutral by 2050. The company believes that this type of cooperation is essential to find solutions to bring emissions below two degrees Celsius, according to the Paris Agreement.

Achieving carbon neutrality will require broad industry-wide collaboration so that, together, they can create a more sustainable future.

The Charge On Innovation Challenge is open to participants from all over the world, with the great challenge of thinking about how to recharge truck batteries with the least possible impact on operations, ensuring its wide adoption in open pit mines.

The objective is that the best solutions can be used by all companies in the sector, mining companies and suppliers, creating a safe loading pattern that can be adopted quickly while contributing significantly to our greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The “Charge On” challenge is being conducted in partnership with Austmine, an industry association in the Australian Equipment, Technology and Mining Services sector, and is an initiative of Vale’s energy matrix change program – PowerShift.

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