Innovating to improve global impacts
Sustainable development is the key driver in our industry and our focus on productivity enhancement increases our customers’ competitiveness. With rising global challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, companies who contribute to overcome them stand a better chance to succeed.
Our approach to innovation is the key to helping our customers, while sustaining the resource base for future generations. Our vision of being the sustainable productivity provider puts us in a unique position to help discover new solutions to face these challenges.
Our products provide the basis upon which societies grow. Our ability to optimise productivity while environmental impacts to air, land and water enable the mining and cement industries to operate more responsibly. Our aim is to ensure that areas in the vicinity of mines and quarries are not affected to the point where they cannot recover. People in surrounding communities should have the means of a sustainable livelihood and the local economy should be able to develop and grow.
Safety always comes first when we design plants and equipment. In terms of socio-economic impact, we take pride in hiring and training a local workforce.
Reducing carbon emissions
Scientists estimate that total emissions from the cement industry account for as much as eight percent of global CO2 emissions. After fossil fuels and land-use change, this makes cement production the third-largest source of human-made emissions of carbon dioxide.
Carbon emissions from cement production are due to the chemical reaction involved in the production of clinker, from electricity consumption and from the combustion of fossil fuels used to heat the ingredients to very high temperatures.
Reducing carbon emissions is a common objective for all serious players in both the cement and mining industries. With energy being the largest single component in operating costs for mines and cement plants, there’s not only a sustainable incentive but also a financial one to reduce energy consumption and thus carbon emissions.
We deliver the most energy-effective equipment in either industry, and we consistently strive to discover new ways to make our equipment even better. That is good business for our stakeholders, for us, and for the environment.
Saving precious water
For the mining industry, water is another challenge of major concern. This too is an area where we are among the frontrunners in finding and developing solutions that overcome the challenges.
Tailings dam failures are a liability for the entire industry, and the risk of contamination is always a concern for the local community. Being able to manage water is strongly correlated with securing and maintaining a social license to operate.
Mines in arid or semi-arid regions draw their water either by tapping rivers, extracting groundwater or desalinating sea water. This makes water a large capital and operational expense. It is also a factor that affects whether a mine can operate in the long run.
Re-using water and dry-stacked tailings is part of the solution to this challenge. Together with Goldcorp, we have developed EcoTailsTM, a low-energy and low operating cost solution for co-mingling dewatered tailings with waste rock. Combined with our colossal press filter technology, EcoTails makes dry-stacked tailings possible even for large-scale operations and even in areas with high seismic activity.
This solution can eliminate wet tailings dams and even reuse 95 percent of the process water in the mining operation.