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Mines & vehicle OEMs join forces to develop cleaner, safer vehicles

The International Council on Mining and Metals, or ICMM, together with leading suppliers have announced an ambitious plan to make mining vehicles cleaner and safer.

The plan was announced during the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, Australia.

Transport and mobile equipment accidents accounted for 22% of fatalities at ICMM operated mines in 2017 (11 fatalities), the second highest cause of fatalities after fall of ground accidents.

The Innovation for Cleaner Safer Vehicles (ICSV) programme brings together 27 of the world’s leading mining companies and some of the best-known truck and mining equipment suppliers to accelerate innovation to develop a new generation of mine vehicles.

The ICSV programme aims to:

  • Introduce greenhouse gas emission-free surface mining vehicles by 2040
  • Minimise the operational impact of diesel exhaust by 2025
  • Make collision avoidance technology available to mining companies by 2025.

The initiative has CEO-level support within all participating mining companies and equipment manufacturers. The programme will benefit the entire mining sector, not just ICMM members and is open to other equipment manufacturers who would like to join.

Tom Butler, ICMM’s Chief Executive said:

“ICMM is focused on improving the safety, social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry. The launch of the ICSV programme is a practical example of how our members are mining with principles to tackle the major social and environmental issues that affect us all. This collaboration will deliver more together than any individual company could achieve on its own and shows how the metals and mining industry can act as a catalyst for change.”

This programme will be guided by a CEO advisory group comprising six representatives, three from ICMM company members:

  • Andrew Mackenzie (CEO, BHP),
  • David Garofalo (CEO, Goldcorp) and,
  • Nick Holland (CEO, Gold Fields), as well as three from participating suppliers:
  • Denise Johnson (Group President, Resource Industries, Caterpillar),
  • Max Moriyama (President, Mining Business Division, Komatsu Ltd), and
  • Lars Engström (President, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology).

The OEMs currently involved are:

  • Caterpillar
  • Cummins
  • Epiroc
  • GE
  • Hexagon Mining
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery
  • Komatsu Ltd
  • Liebherr
  • MacLean Engineering
  • PBE Group
  • Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

“From the outset we could see the ambition of the programme and are excited to be involved. The collaboration between such a range of mining companies and suppliers can further the safety and environmental performance of mobile mining equipment,” said Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group President, Resource Industries.