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Update on progress of ICMM's initiative to accelerate a new generation of cleaner, safer mining vehicles

24 November 2020

London, UK – The Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles (ICSV) initiative – an innovative supply chain collaboration between the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – has made significant progress towards understanding what is needed to transform today’s fleet of mining vehicles into tomorrow’s new generation of cleaner, safer vehicles, members of its CEO Advisory Group announced today at IMARC Online.

The ambitions of the ICSV initiative are to introduce greenhouse gas emission-free surface mining vehicles by 2040, minimise the operational impact of diesel exhaust by 2025 and make vehicle collision avoidance technology available to mining companies by 2025. Two years on from announcing these ambitions, eight new OEMs have joined the initiative taking the number of participating OEMs to 19. ICMM members, representing approximately 30% of the global metals market with over 650 assets, have undertaken assessments to establish a clearer view of the progress made at site level towards each ambition. These assessments indicate that ICMM members are generally at early stages of maturity in the journey, and show what progress will look like for each ambition.

This significant representation of industry can speak with an aligned voice, on aligned objectives with OEMs and third-party technology providers. In its first two years, the ICSV initiative has achieved the critical step of sending strong signals to OEMs and third-party technology providers on their requirements and on what is needed to accelerate development and adoption of technology across the industry.     

The initiative is led by a CEO Advisory Group comprising each leader of BHP, Anglo American, Gold Fields, Caterpillar, Komatsu and Sandvik, several members of which spoke to a global audience today at IMARC about the unique model of collaboration:

There is a critical need to advance work on cleaner, safer vehicles in mining, which will have important health and safety benefits and contribute towards the pressing need of decarbonising the mining industry. It is recognised that there are measures we can implement now, but other, more impactful, interventions are reliant on technology pathways that are still evolving. This will undoubtedly take time, but the industry’s collaboration with OEMs, through the ICMM, is critical as we look for these long-term, sustainable and integrated solutions.

Safer, cleaner mining equipment is important for our people and the world. No one party can tackle this on their own though. The Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles initiative brings together equipment manufacturers and ICMM members to accelerate the innovations required to improve equipment safety and reduce emissions. This is a great example of the collaborative industry-level effort that can help bring about the scale and pace of change that is needed.

Caterpillar is committed to helping customers operate safely and sustainably, and the Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles initiative is helping us to collaborate even more closely with the mining industry in these important areas. Its progress to date has helped to form a shared understanding of where the industry is on its journey and demonstrates that by working together we can more quickly accelerate the pace of change.

Partnership and collaboration fuels long-term sustainable development, and is crucial to addressing some of the mining industry’s biggest sustainability challenges. Progress made on the Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles initiative has been building the widespread confidence needed to accelerate the level of innovation investment required to scale up commercial solutions. The initiative will benefit the entire industry and is open to all OEMs who would like to join.

ICMM has developed tools to support the industry, OEMs and third party technology providers to meet the initiative’s ambitions. These tools include an ICSV Knowledge Hub that facilitates knowledge-sharing of industry innovations, provides technical and practical resources including case studies, standards, regulations and a technology and solutions database. Additionally, a set of ‘maturity frameworks that help to map, motivate and measure progress against the ambitions have been published, with the intention to stimulate conversations within companies that drive thinking, decision making and action.

In 2021, ICMM’s company members will focus on integrating the initiative’s goals into their corporate planning processes, allocating internal resources and effectively leveraging external resources such as synergies with other industry initiatives and collaboration between member companies.


Notes to Editor 

An IMARC Leaders Panel focused on the ICSV initiative is being broadcast on 24 November 2020 (17:25 Melbourne), moderated by ICMM CEO Tom Butler and featuring its CEO Advisory Group members as panellists: Caterpillar Group President Denise Johnson, Gold Fields Chief Executive Nick Holland and BHP Chief Executive Mike Henry. After registering for IMARC, a unique session link will be sent to you (a recording of the session will also be available on demand after it has been broadcast): https://imarcglobal.com/register.php

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Kira Scharwey
Senior Communications Officer, ICMM

About the ICSV initiative

A partnership through the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles (ICSV) initiative brings together 27 of the world’s leading mining companies and the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to collaborate in a non-competitive space to accelerate innovation for the mining industry.

The OEMs currently involved in the initiative are: 3MEtech, Behault, CaterpillarCumminsEpirocFuture Digital CommunicationHexagon MiningHitachi Construction MachineryKomatsu LtdLiebherrMacLean EngineeringMiller TechnologiesMTUNerospec, Newtrax, PBE GroupSandvik Mining and Rock TechnologyTorsa and Wabtec.

About ICMM

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry. Bringing together 27 mining and metals companies and over 35 regional and commodities associations, it strengthens environmental and social performance and serves as a catalyst for change, enhancing mining’s contribution to society. Every ICMM company member adheres to its Mining Principles which incorporates comprehensive environmental, social and governance requirements, robust site-level validation of performance expectations and credible assurance of corporate sustainability reports.