Working towards net zero by 2050.
At BHP, we’re reducing the greenhouse emissions in our mining operations as we work towards net zero by 2050.
It’s happening now.
In Chile, our operations are on track to be powered by 100% renewable electricity by the middle of the decade, displacing up to 3 million tonnes of CO2-e per year from 2022 onwards (compared to a FY2021 baseline).
By 2024, Nickel West Kwinana Refinery will be supplied by renewable electricity for BHP’s from the Merredin Solar Farm, the largest solar farm in Western Australia.
Renewable sources like solar and wind, will soon supply up to 50 per cent of the electricity needs of our BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) mines based on current forecast demand, helping to reduce GHG emissions.1
And the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park, which will be Australia’s largest solar-wind hybrid plant, will supply up to 50 per cent of BHP’s Olympic Dam electricity consumption by 2025, based on current forecast demand.2
But there is still much more we are doing to reduce greenhouse missions.
As a member of the International Council of Mining and Metals' (ICMM) Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles Initiative, BHP is collaborating across the industry with the aim of introducing zero emissions surface mining vehicles by 2040.
In January 2021, we announced a partnership with Toyota Australia for a new Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) trial at our Nickel West operations in Australia. Longer-term, we plan to work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on electric haul trucks, as well as innovative ways to use conveyors and trolley assist technology.
In its Sustainable Development Scenario, the International Energy Agency estimates annual investment in clean energy and electricity networks must increase to US$2.7 trillion by 2030, three times the equivalent investment in 2019.
That rises by a further trillion dollars to almost US$4 trillion annually in the 2030s.
And at BHP, we will not shy away from playing our part by continuing to sustainably and responsibly produce the resources essential to build a better world.
The future of a net zero carbon world is clear. It’s happening now at BHP.
1 Including the purchase of large-scale generation certificates.
2 Including the purchase of large-scale generation certificates.
The future of renewable energy is clear.
The transition to renewable energy will rely on essential resources like the copper, nickel and iron ore produced by BHP.