With the combined goal of decarbonising the future of Indian mining, Hindustan Zinc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Normet Group for the deployment of underground battery-powered equipment and utility vehicles.
The two have committed to introduce Normet SmartDrive vehicles, or NSDVs, to the producer’s operations to boost their respective sustainability and also make them more environmentally friendly.
“This partnership … [helps] HZL achieve its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of 0.5 mnt CO2 emission reduction by 2025 by attaining zero noise pollution, zero harm to thexenvironment and zero carbon emission,” Normet noted.
“The Normet SmartDrive BEV will help Hindustan Zinc significantly reduce carbon emissions, save a considerable amount in HSD (High Speed Diesel) and its maintenance.”
The two also confirmed that the agreement and goal is a first-of-its-kind push in the Indian mining sector. The MoU was made official on 30 July in Udaipur. Normet Group Oy’s Subhasis Mohanty, who serves as vice president of India sales, stressed that the company’s mission is to bring transformation in sustainable underground mining.
“It is our constant effort to increase the safety levels underground and improve productivity while designing solutions for sustainable operations. Our partnership with Hindustan Zinc for the Normet SmartDrive vehicles is a step on our collective journey for safe, sustainable and green mining,” said Subhasis Mohanty, Normet VP of India sales.”