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BHP and Mitsubishi collaborate to develop emissions reduction technology



As the need for ‘climate smart mining’ becomes ever more apparent, mining corporations are actively working to reduce the environmental impact of their activities, with the latest development being an innovative collaboration between BHP and Mitsubishi to develop emissions reduction technology.
BHP and Mitsubishi collaborate to develop emissions reduction technology
(BHP’s Olympic Dam operations in Australia. Image via BHP).

The partnership between the two companies, which takes the form of a MOU agreement, will explore multiple opportunities including undertaking research, piloting new ideas, and developing and deploying new emissions reduction technologies.

The collaboration with Mitsubishi Development forms part of BHP’s global programme of projects in China, Canada, the United States and Australia to progress low emissions technology. This is in addition to the near-term and longer-term targets BHP has set for emissions reductions within the company’s global operations.

Commenting on the partnership, BHP Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mackenzie, said:

“BHP is committed to accelerating the development of emerging technologies that have the potential to achieve material reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Our new collaboration with Mitsubishi Development demonstrates the important role the private sector can play in bringing these technologies to market.”

Examples of BHP’s low emissions technology investments to date include:

  • Trials of light electric vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries in BHP’s Olympic Dam underground fleet of light vehicles.

  • Participation in the Lakeland Battery Storage and Solar project featuring a 13MW solar PV installation with storage of 5MWhy in regional Queensland, Australia.

  • $7.37 million three-year partnership with Peking University to identify barriers to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) deployment in the industrial sector, with a particular focus on the iron and steel industries.

  • $20 million to establish the SaskPower CCS Knowledge Centre at the Boundary Dam project in Saskatchewan, Canada, the world’s first commercial-scale CCS process on a coal-fired power plant.

  • $6m equity investment in Canadian-based Carbon Engineering Ltd, leading the development of Direct Air Capture, an innovative technology with the potential to deliver large-scale negative emissions by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

  • In collaboration with Australia’s national research agency, CSIRO, BHP is scoping a project designed to determine the viability of measuring fugitive methane emissions in near real time from open-cut coal mining environments.
    BHP's Mt Arthur Coal operations in Australia
    (BHP’s Mt Arthur Coal operations in Australia. Image via BHP).

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