This week, BHP announced a partnership with Caterpillar to develop and deploy zero-emissions mining trucks at BHP sites to reduce operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This milestone, according to BHP, is the result of more than 12 months of close collaboration between it and Cat in analyzing energy demands and the options to apply this new technology at mine sites.

To support progress toward BHP’s long-term goal of achieving net-zero operational GHG emissions by 2050, BHP will have early access to zero-emissions equipment developed by Cat and hands-on learning opportunities to ensure successful deployment at BHP sites. The collaboration will help shape the processes, technology and infrastructure that will be required to support zero-emissions machines and the mine sites of the future.

Another critical element of the collaboration will be to extend the parties’ efforts to support a more inclusive mining industry. Over the coming year, BHP intends to provide frontline operator and maintainer input into the Caterpillar design process to support the development of machines that can be operated and serviced by a broader range of the workforce.

“Climate change is a critical global challenge and we know that partnering with others will help accelerate the transition to a low carbon future,” BHP Chief Commercial Officer Vandita Pant said. “The opportunity for our teams to input into the design process also gives us confidence that the trucks will be safer and easier to operate for a workforce that’s more diverse than ever.”

Deeply integrating the teams and timelines will allow for faster deployment to deliver zero-emissions solutions, explained Denise Johnson, president of Cat’s Resource Industries Group.