BHP, Fortescue, Anglo American and Hatch have established a green hydrogen consortium to tackle the mining industry’s carbon emissions.
Using green hydrogen, the four companies will use the consortium to find ways of increasing its adoption and application within the sector.
With hydrogen being carbon-intensive to produce, green hydrogen is powered by renewable energy to stop operational emissions.
The consortium aims to attract suppliers and operators to contribute and engage with hydrogen technologies and solutions for high emissions.
An acceleration of cost reductions and technology readiness will be focussed on by the four companies, aiming to combat and eliminate the challenges that hold the industry back from widespread adoption of green hydrogen.
Hatch has been listed as the project management and governance facilitator of the consortium.
“We welcome this industry collaboration to help decarbonise mining operations and cement WA’s place on the world stage as a green hydrogen innovator and producer,” said Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan.
“Green hydrogen provides a real opportunity to reduce diesel consumption and decarbonise mine site operations, with potential for fuel cells to power fixed and mobile plants, mining vehicles and feedstock.”
The consortium has a proposed term of three years and will be checked every six months through review meetings and progress reports.