Mining to attain sustainability by 2030

FLSmidth's sustainability initiative aims to reduce emissions significantly in the cement and mining industries globally by 2030. This was one of the first projects of its kind among mining technology vendors.

FREMONT, CA: FLSmidth is one of the first mining technology vendors whose sustainability effort intends to considerably cut emissions in the cement and mining industries around the world by 2030. From all the observations, a common trend is noticed where miners move pit, plant and freight management operations to the same location making the whole process streamlined and real-time. Wether mining companies seek operations from a pit to port perspective is the most debatable question. Technologies such as LoadIQ from FLSmidth automatically determine the appropriate mill load for all grinding situations and set the load target in real-time. FLSmidth has become more of an equipment supplier to the mining customers, for instance, it has made lifecycle services available with the main copper mines in Chile and Peru. The lifecycle service agreements include everything from maintenance services to reliability engineering. When it comes to customer partnership, the pandemic did not affect the overall performance and solutions delivery. FLSmidth had been agile in the matter of logistics and redirecting heavy equipment shipping or employing air freight.

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While site access has been limited, FLSmidth has a large local service and support network that has been able to meet client needs; however, digital technologies have been extensively used to enable remote installation in direct communication with FLSmidth professionals.

Here arises the question of whether sustainability can also signify profitability or if further allowances are to be made. However, customers are now in search of various flowsheet options for mines. Be it lithium or gold or copper, customers look for the most productive and the most sustainable material. Nevertheless, financial institutions are expecting mining companies to be regulated by ESG targets. FLSmidth’s collaboration with ThyssenKrupp’s mining business is anticipated to bring about an immense mining experience and competence. It also gives 200 million plus core product lines with a particular topside in arrears like the In-Pit Crushing and Conveying and High-Pressure Grinding Rolls. This creates an opportunity for unequalled teams concerning the installed base, capability and range of solutions.