South Africa holds a leading position in the global mining industry, being the largest producer of chrome, manganese, platinum, vanadium, and vermiculite, and playing a major role in diamond and gold production; despite a significant decrease from its highest levels, the country still holds the fifth position in global gold production and mining infrastructure with water & energy solutions that work.
Mining plays a crucial part in the transition towards a net-zero economy, and the sector is expected to reduce at least 85 percent of its emissions by 2050. With mounting pressure from both investors and consumers, mining companies are setting more ambitious goals for emission reduction. Access to renewable electricity sources is vital for miners as it enables them to power electrified mobile mining equipment and replace diesel-powered machinery. This transition aids in reducing both Scope 1 emissions, which directly result from operations, and Scope 2 emissions, which are caused by purchased and produced energy.
While the costs of solar PV and wind power technologies continue to decrease, the attention is shifting towards the subsequent phase of the energy transition, adopting an energy systems approach. This approach emphasizes the integration of energy storage solutions to facilitate the incorporation of higher percentages of solar and wind power into the energy mix.
Diesel has traditionally served as the primary power source for mines in South Africa, particularly those located in remote regions without access to major power grids.
The shift from diesel to renewable energy for mine sites was initially driven by the growing necessity to demonstrate commitment towards achieving the goal of net-zero carbon emissions with mining infrastructure to water & energy solutions that work.
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We get excited about new ways to implement smart businesses. Moving to more efficient electric equipment could allow for improved ramp designs, lower stripping ratios, faster cycle times, and less-frequent operational downtime.
Electrification could reduce energy costs by as much as 70 percent and reduce maintenance costs for mobile equipment significantly. Have a look at our bespoke service offering that can guide and help you maintain all your critical infrastructure.
GHG emissions moderation
An electrified mine utilizing renewable energy could significantly reduce its carbon footprint, thereby leading to carbon tax elimination and the potential to gain premiums for green production. We have a contemporary portfolio of technologies and services that may just be the right fit for you.
Ultimately, collaboration and synergy are essential in the pursuit of reducing carbon emissions and achieving water security. To succeed in the race to zero, it is crucial to establish shared metrics, vocabulary, and consistent market parameters to move global sustainability efforts forward accurately and honestly.
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