Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM)

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Exposure to diesel exhaust has been linked to negative health effects.

Access to ore is more difficult in mature operations – deposits are deeper in the ground and grades are declining – requiring more trucks and longer hauling distances for mining vehicles.

Almost all underground mine equipment in service is diesel-powered. Diesel particulate matter (DPM) has been classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO), and exposure to elevated DPM emissions, particularly in underground mining operations, has been linked to negative health effects.

Strengthening operational capacity

ICMM members commit to continually improve health and safety. Through the collaborative Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles (ICSV) initiative, members are working in partnership with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to promote operational and technical innovations to minimise the impacts to underground mining operations from emissions of diesel particulate matter by 2025.

To help drive thinking and action within companies to make this a reality, the ICSV initiative has developed a Maturity Framework. This tool helps companies to map, motivate and measure progress against the ambitions.

Learn more about how your company can make progress towards our ambitions.

A guide for using the DPM Maturity Framework can be downloaded here. For supporting case studies or other technical documents related to the Maturity Framework visit our new Knowledge Hub.