The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and leading suppliers are joining forces to make mining vehicles cleaner and safer.

Announced at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, Australia, the ambitious plan 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.

Tom Butler, ICMM's Chief Executive says that the collaboration between ICMM and the world’s leading mining equipment manufacturers will drive innovation to help tackle global warming and improve mine safety.

“We hope that this ambitious programme will lead to the development of a new generation of cleaner safer vehicles.

“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.”

Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group President, Resource Industries said agrees that the collaboration between such a range of mining companies and suppliers can further the safety and environmental performance of mobile mining equipment.

The ICSV programme aims to introduce greenhouse gas emission-free surface mining vehicles by 2040, minimise the operational impact of diesel exhaust by 2025, and make collision avoidance technology available to mining companies by 2025.

The initiative has CEO-level support within all participating mining companies and equipment manufacturers, and is open to other equipment manufacturers who are non ICMM members and would like to join.

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) – and 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).

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